Instructors Update Skills and Earn College Credit
Journal: November - December 2000
Categorizing IMI’s annual Instructor Certification Program (ICP) as professional education never rang truer than in this latest round. Held in October, ICP 2000 introduced an exciting new opportunity for BAC instructors: a chance to earn a college degree.
Through IMI’s participation in the National Labor College, instructors who complete ICP can apply 15 credits towards a bachelor’s degree.
The National Labor College was launched in 1997 at the George Meany Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. In addition to obtaining credit for instructors through ICP, BAC is working with the College to offer credit to members. The program will eventually factor in union members’ apprenticeship and training and related experiences, which can be applied toward a college degree.
“This is yet another benefit that IMI can offer instructors and that BAC can soon offer members,” notes BAC President and IMI Co-Chair John J. Flynn. “It distinguishes the BAC-IMI training system even more.”
The degree concept is a natural progression for ICP, which is a multi-level approach underscoring IMI’s belief that quality training is a career-long endeavor. Even seasoned instructors swear by the knowledge they gain each year on a wide variety of subjücts, whether it is masonry-specific technical knowledge, industry news, or effective teaching techniques. “We create masonry professionals by keeping instructors up to date and invested in their profession,” says IMI Apprenticeship and Training Director Gene Stinner.
An ICP Sampler
Here’s a sample menu of the technical and professional courses offered to IMI and BAC instructors in 2000, along with masonry craft familiarization sessions: