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Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 J.A.T.C.
1181 Adams St., Dorchester, MA 02124

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In recognition of Veterans Day, the Massachusetts Building Trades Council

In recognition of Veterans Day, the Massachusetts Building Trades Council held a ceremony and fundraiser for the Helmets to Hardhats program. The event raised over $31,000 in donations to the program. Helmets to Hardhats connects veterans with union jobs and training. Since 2007, the program has connected 575 military veterans to union jobs statewide. MBTC…
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JON DEPINA 3RD YEAR APPRENTICE

Hundreds of boxing fans watched as Sheet Metal Worker Local 17 Apprentice Jon Depina defeated his opponent from N.Y. at the Somerville Dilboy Stadium 6th Annual Fight Night. Jon had a series of jabs, hooks and body blows and was able to display his dominance taking the decision.
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Newly Sworn in Journey Persons ~ 2017 Graduating Apprentice Class

2017 GRADUATED APPRENTICES Nicholas McKay, Nicholas Watts, Kyle Kennedy, Christopher MacFarlane, James Kane, Kristafor Daniels, Robert Cotter Matthew Donlan, Shamaiah Turner, Christopher Rowley, Joshua Garvey, James Dearden, Adam Judge, James Higgins, Jonathan Eaton, Derek Warren, Jacob Johnston, Richard Montecalvo, Christopher Sgro Evan Donohoe, Joseph Crowley, Michael Sullivan, Daniel Whitten, William Whyte Jr., Matthew Patten, Jeffrey…
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Local 17 Apprentice Contest 2017

Saturday March 4th, 150 apprentices competed in the J.A.T.C. sponsored Local 17 SMW Apprentice Contest. We had over 30 journeymen volunteer to help make this event such a huge success. Thank you all for coming and participating. A special thanks to all those who donated to help make this day possible Local 17 E-board, SMACNA,…
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Michael J. Burke Memorial Scholarship Award 2016 Presentation

The JATC recognized Cox Engineering 5th year apprentice Franklin Garcia with the Michael J. Burke Memorial Scholarship Award. The Michael J. Burke Scholarship goes to the graduating apprentice who displayed academic achievement, a commitment to help others in school and on the job-site, has a strong work ethic and leadership qualities.
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Apprentice Graduation 2016

  The JATC presented the Graduation award for 2016 D.A.T. "Outstanding Apprentice" to Todd Thorvaldsen. The Malco "Head of the Class" to Robert Lester honoring these apprentices whose overall academic performance ranked highest among the group also the apprentices must have an outstanding records of performance, work history and attendance throughout their apprenticeship. The JATC…
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Support Steven Sennett Local 17 Brother

Please help us in supporting Steven Sennett. Steven is a 33 year old, from South Boston. He is known as a hard working sheet metal worker Local 17.  He is also a good natured and loving, young man. He enjoyed camping in New Hampshire. He also was an active outdoor enthusiast. On June 26, 2016, Steven was…
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Massachusetts Girls in Trade Conference and Career Fair

The Massachusetts Girls in Trades Advisory Group hosted the Career Fair on March 30th. Shamaiah Turner, 4th year apprentice along with John Healy, Training Coordinator represented Local 17 at the Career Fair. Over 400 female students from 18 high schools across the state flocked to the headquarters of IBEW Local 103 in Dorchester by the…
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Local 17 Apprentice Brian Lawrence Crowned All of New England Golden Gloves Novice Middleweight Champion 2016

Local 17 Apprentice Brian Lawrence Crowned All of New England Golden Gloves Novice Middleweight Champion 2016 Both top regarded boxers and Local 17 apprentices Brian Lawrence (middleweight) and Jonathan DePina (lightweight) stepped into the ring to fight tough opponents for the New England Golden Gloves Novice Championship Titles. Brian fought for the middleweight title and…
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Local 17 TAB LAB hosts TAB TECHNICIAN Performance test.

Local 17 TAB LAB hosts TAB TECHNICIAN Performance test. On Saturday, February 12th and 13th Local 17 TAB LAB was in full swing hosting the TABB Technician practical test. Four journeymen from local 40 and Local 46 traveled to Boston to participate along with local 17 journeyman Sean Hayward and 3rd year apprentice Christopher Burak.…
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Local 17 Apprentices Win Golden Gloves Central New England Regional Championships

Local 17 Apprentices Win Golden Gloves Central New England Regional Championships Apprentices Brian Lawrence (middleweight) and Jonathan DePina (lightweight) took home Championship Titles in the Central New England Golden Gloves Finals. With crushing hooks, jabs, good counter punching, big shots and steady pressure both fighters were victorious. Brian and Jon are serious boxers who train…
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Two Apprentices Honored At January Meeting For Their Bravery,

Kevin Akerley, 2nd year apprentice and Greg Leonard, 4th year apprentice were honored at the January meeting for the commendable actions of stepping forward and using the First Aid and CPR training that they received at the J.A.T.C. to help potentially save a life. Kevin encountered a homeless individual who was unresponsive. Without hesitation Kevin…
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James “Jimmy” Sullivan Jr.

James F. Sullivan Jr. March 16, 1971-January 8, 2016 4th year apprentice James Francis "Sully" Sullivan, Jr., was a lifelong resident of Hanson, MA who valiantly lost his battle with addiction on Friday, January 8, 2016 at the young age of 44 with his family by his side. He was born on March 16, 1971.…
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Apprenticeship Contest 2015

The Local 17 apprenticeship contest was a huge success this year with approximately 125 apprentices competing. This year's competition apprentices gathered together from Local 17 Boston, New Bedford, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island to compete. The contest consists of three different competitions written, shop and drafting. The judges and proctors are journeymen, apprentices and…
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Local 17 Apprentice Austin Pitts; steps forward in a time of need.

Austin Pitts, Local 17 Third year apprentice honored November 4th at the Union Meeting for his heroic efforts to help save a life.  In June 2015, Austin Pitts stepped forward without hesitation to the aid of two motorcyclists. After witnessing an accident which involved 2 riders; a man and a woman. The woman had a…
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Labor Day Breakfast 2015

John Cody President of Local 17, Anthony Franceschini, Shamaiah Turner and Todd Thorvaldsen Apprentices and Officers of Local 17 attend the annual Labor Day Breakfast sponsored by the Greater Boston Labor Council at the Park Plaza Hotel. Apprentices Shamaiah Turner, Anthony Franceschini and Todd Thorvaldsen were in attendance and heard President Obama rally all union…
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Congratulations New Journeymen

Eight new journeymen who completed their apprenticeship and passed the Massachusetts Sheet Metal Journeyman 1 License test were sworn in at the August union meeting in front of the membership. In attendance were family and coworkers along with many of the new first year apprentices just starting their careers. Shawn Leonard, Sean Hayward, Philip Sacco,…
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City’s trade unions get it: Training pays high dividends

City’s trade unions get it: Training pays high dividends By James Hobin Aug. 13, 2015 Graduate speaker Freddie Rivera addressed classmates and guests at the Building Pathways Graduation on August 7. James Hobin photo All you have to do is get in your car and try to drive around town and you will see for…
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Local 17 Jonathan DePina wins Ringside World Championships Boxing Title

  Congratulations 1st Year Apprentice Jonathan DePina   Local 17 Jonathan DePina wins 2015 Ringside World Championships Boxing Title. Jon along with his father and trainer traveled to Independence, MO. for the Ringside World Championships Boxing Tournament. Jon eliminated his first two opponents Thursday and Friday before stepping into the ring Saturday for the Title…
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Local 17 JATC helping the community

 Local 17 JATC helping the community  Painting the Three Decker murals at Training Center in Dorchester, Mass.   During the week of August 3, 2015, Dorchester-based artist James Hobin, assisted by Mike Prokosch and Paul Moylan, painted three murals on the floor of the auditorium at the Sheet Metal Training Center on Adams Street. Each…
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Local 17 Sheet Metal Worker Apprentices Brandon Neal & Jonathan DePina step into the boxing ring to help raise money for Union Brother that has been diagnosed with cancer.

Local 17 Sheet Metal Worker Apprentices Brandon Neal & Jonathan DePina step into the boxing ring to help raise money for Union Brother that has been diagnosed with cancer. Brandon Neal 2nd year apprentice and Jonathan DePina 1st year apprentice both participated in 'Fight Night for Carl" at Peter Welch's gym last Saturday night. Both…
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Apprenticeship is better than college for some.

There are 1.7 million Americans graduating from college each spring, and not only do many have challenging job prospects, but two-thirds will leave school with debt. Apprentices - like those at Boston's Sheet Metal Workers Union Local Seventeen training center - spend 200 hours in the classroom and 1,800 hours per year working for local…
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Local 17 JATC Hailed by US Secretary of Labor as model for rest of nation

Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 was the first of the building trades to register its apprenticeship program in the state of Massachusetts as far back as 1952. While visiting the state on Nov. 17, U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez dropped by the Sheet Metal Workers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee facility in Dorchester, MA to…
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