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JATF: From the Director’s Desk


Dear Member,

First, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our National President Lori Ann Ames, Business Agent Kevin Barry, the JATF Trustees, and the Long Island, New York Mechanical Contractors Association for the vote of confidence and trust bestowed on me as the new Director of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Center.
Mr. Marty Cullinan, our original Director, has retired from his position as Director. We all wish him peace and contentment in his retirement.

I am very excited about this new position and the new school year underway! We started a new group of apprentices with fourteen in attendance. Despite this tough economy, Local 355, the LI & NY Mechanical Association and myself are dedicated to putting safe, knowledgeable and dedicated men and women into the HVAC industry.
One area that I am particularly proud of is our partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Educational Services, The Apprentice and On the Job Training Program. This program has helped veterans through their apprenticeship training years with educational assistance.

Michael Keating, an Honorably Discharged Marine, applied for the Educational Benefit and, because we are a Veterans-approved facility, he was granted benefits for his Apprenticeship. Mike now has a rewarding career with Ultimate Power, Inc. I have received excellent reviews from the owner of Ultimate Power, Inc., Mr. Joe LoRusso. A job well done—keep up the good work, Mike!

Mr. Shawn Bowen, another Honorably Discharged Marine, was able to apply for and obtain educational benefits while he served his Apprenticeship. Shawn now has a rewarding career with Sav-Mor Mechanical, Inc. I have received great reviews on Shawn’s growth in the HVAC industry.

Eric Cohen, a second year Apprentice, has applied and is waiting for approval, which should be in the very near future. Eric is currently working for Sav-Mor Mechanical, Inc. and is well on his way to an outstanding career.

As a former Navy personnel, I am proud to see our veterans receiving their educational benefits and moving on to great and rewarding careers in the HVAC industry and as proud members of Local 355.

We here at the Joint Apprenticeship Training Center are looking into other programs and other ways that we may be able to help our Veterans. To all our Veterans, a heartfelt THANK YOU for your service. Don’t forget, November 11 is Veterans Day. Take a moment to say THANK YOU to a Veteran—maybe someone in your family, a friend, a coworker, or that guy at the corner store. Just extend a hand and say “thanks” for his or her service to this great nation.

Please watch “From the Director’s Desk” for updates on Veterans Programs, open enrollment, and other exciting programs that may be of interest.


Brian Keating
JATF Training Center

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