BOWIE, MD —On September 21-22, 2007, the International Apprentice Contest was hosted by the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) and the International Masonry Institute (IMI) at the John J. Flynn BAC/IMI International Training Center in Bowie, Maryland. The official dedication of the Training Center, which was held on September 21st, included the official naming of the new facility in honor of BAC President and IMI Co-Chair John J. Flynn. Speaking at the event were Flynn, IMI President Joan Calambokidis, and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.
Twenty-four winners, selected from 107 talented BAC apprentices who competed in eight craft categories, were announced at the Contest Banquet on September 23, 2007 at the National Building Museum, where BAC and IMI attendees and contestants warmly welcomed guest speaker Senator Hillary Clinton. In addition to congratulating the BAC contestants, Senator Clinton accepted the International Union's endorsement for President.
“The Apprentice Contest shows how dedicated to their careers these young craftworkers are, and the new Training Center clearly demonstrates our Union’s and our contractors’ commitment to the future,” says Flynn.
The new $30 million Training Center offers training on an international level to BAC members at all stages of their careers, along with education programs for contractors, designers and others. The 25-acre campus has an approved site plan of more than 240,000 square feet of training, classroom, and office space.
The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers represents 100,000 skilled masonry-trowel trades craftworkers in the United States and Canada. It is the oldest continuous construction union in North America. For information on BAC, go to www.bacweb.org www.imiweb.org.IMI is a joint labor-management cooperative program of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) and the contractors who employ its members. Its core programs are quality craft training and technical assistance to the design and building communities. For information on IMI, go to www.imiweb.org.