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January 8, 2019 - Minutes of Public Meetings - Apprenticeship and Training Council

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Ms. Michelle L. Butt, Acting Chair, called the Council meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. at the Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (I.E.C.) Chesapeake Chapter, 8751 Freestate Drive, Suite 250, Laurel, Maryland 20723 and welcomed all Council members, staff and guests in attendance. She thanked Mr. Shmelzer and I.E.C. for hosting the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council meeting. Mr. Shmelzer invited those who would be interested to remain after the meeting for a tour or their training center.

PRESENT:

COUNCIL MEMBERS:
Christine V. Banovic - Public Representative
Brian S. Cavey - Employee Representative
Norbert R. Klusmann, Sr. – Employee Representative
David J. Wilson, Sr. - Employee Representative
Leon W. Bromley - Employer Representative
Michelle L. Butt - Employer Representative
Edwin Cluster - Employer Representative
Grant Shmelzer - Employer Representative
David Smarte - Employer Representative

Ronald Leonard - USDL/OA Ex Officio, Consultant to the Council

OTHERS:
James Rzepkowski - Assistant Secretary for Workforce Development and Adult Learning, DLLR
Christopher D. MacLarion - MATP
Kelton Addison - MATP
Ginamarie Best - MATP
Lorella Dicks - MATP
Kevin Hunt - MATP
André Keyser - MATP
Teresa Mena - MATP
Mark Millen - MATP
Jennifer D. Runkles - MATP
Jane Sinclair - MATP
John P. Taylor - MATP
John F. Vontran - MATP
Michael L. Alexander - Baltimore City Joint Apprenticeship Committee
Michael Bolton - Maximus
Lance Brown - Department of the Navy, NSWC IHEODTD
Ariel Casarella - DARCARS
Stephanie DiScepolo - Howard County Public Schools
John Dumler - Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 100 JATC
Mike Glaeser - WMATA
Leza Griffith - DLLR/OAG
Stephanie Larkin - Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Keystone Chapter
Robert T. Lynch - Human Genonome Sciences, Inc.
Michael Mahar - Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 100
Farzad Makarehchi - DARCARS
Leighton McPhaull - Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development
Kimberly E. Nichols - Franklin Apprenticeships
Matthew Redabaugh - Baltimore Bricklayers JATC for the Masonry Industry
Anthony Smith - Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development
Jeffrey W. Smith - DLLR/DWDAL
Adrienne Summers - Howard Community College

I. The first order of business was the approval of November 13, 2018 Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council meeting. The minutes of the November 13, 2018 Council meeting were approved as submitted.

II. DIRECTOR’S REPORT:

A. Mr. MacLarion reported that six new apprenticeship innovation fund grants have been approved for just over $255,000 with over $300,000 of available funding for interested applicants for apprenticeship innovation fund grants. He noted that industries applying for and receiveing funding included insurance, cyber security, information technology, manufacturing and construction.

B. Council members were informed that an Apprenticeship Locator has been placed on the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training program web page. Mr. MacLarion statted that it could be used by jobseekers or employers to find apprenticeships. He added that the easiest way to get to the Apprenticeship Locator was to go into the website through www.mdapprenticeship.com.

C. Mr. MacLarion directed the Council members’ attention to the Registered Apprenticeship Display Rack that was on display at the Council meeting and stated that they have now been placed in almost every American Job Center in the state. Sponsors can place their program’s literature in the display racks. They can either coordinate with their Apprenticeship Navigator for delivery of their materials or can reachout directly to their local American Job Centers.

D. Council members were provided with an update on the status of the Apprenticeship Training Fund. Mr. MacLarion stated that the balance in the fund as of December 30, 2018 was $720,542.15. Contributions coming into the fund were $46,542.6f for the month of November 2018 and $41.667.89 for October 2018.

E. Mr. MacLarion stated that he would be on a telephone call later in the day with Ronald Leonard and the Office of Apprenticeship National Office regarding dual registrations in RAPIDS. This was to assist sponsors with prevailing wage requirements with apprentices in more than one state.

F. Council members were reminded of the $1,000 tax credit available to sponsors for new registered apprentices. Mr. MacLarion reviewed with Council members how the tax credit works and stated that additional information about the tax credit could be found on the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training website.

G. Mr. MacLarion announced that Secretary Schulz would be moving from the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to the Department of Commerce. Her swearing in for for that position would be today. He praised her for being a strong advocate for apprenticeship who has always worked for the expansion of apprenticeship and encouraging businesses to become involved. He stated that Assistant Secretary James Rzepkowski would become the Acting Secretary of the Department until a new Secretary has been appointed. He has attended nearly every Council meeting and is vary familiar with Registered Apprenticeship. Assistant Secretary Rzepkowski stated that he was looking forward to performing dual roles. He added that this would be a critical time for the Department with the General Assembly session beginning on January 9, 2019. Although the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning did not have any bills before the legislature, it would be a busy time for the Department with other Divisions having bills before the General Assembly. He reminded Council members of the Department’s policy pertaining to members of its boards and commissions testifying before the legislature.

III. OLD BUSINESS:

A. PROGRAM REVIEWS:

1. Franklin Apprenticeships (John F. Vontran) – Request for registration of an Affirmative Action Plan with apprentice selection procedures and goals and timetables for minority and female apprentices.

Standards of Apprenticeships for the occupation of Computer User Support Specialist were approved at the November 13, 2018 Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council meeting. However, the proposed Affirmative Action Plan that they also submitted was tabled due to Council members’ concerns over their apprentice selection procedures. Staff was requested to work further with them to address those concerns and to re-submit the Affirmative Action Plan for the Council to review.

Mr. Vontran informed Council members that subsequent to the November Council meeting, Franklin Apprenticeships revised their apprentice selection procedures in order to address the Counil’s concerns.

A motion to approve the request for registration of an Affirmative Action Plan with apprentice selection procedures and goals and timetables for minority and female apprentices was made by Mr. Bromley, seconded by Mr. Smarte and unanimously approved.

IV. NEW BUSINESS:

A. NEW PROGRAMS:

1. Department of the Navy, NSWC IHEODTD (John F. Vontran) - Occupation of Machinist. Related instruction to be provided by Penn Foster Workforce Development.

Mr. Vontran presented this request for registration of Standards of Apprenticeship to the Council and introduced Mr. Lance Brown who was in attendance at the Council meeting representing the Department of the Navy, NSWC IHEODTD.

Mr. Shmelzer observed that under the qualifications for apprenticeship it stated that applicants would be residents of Maryland and Virginia and asked why it did not also include residents of Washington, D.C. Mr. Brown responded that since .they are so far down in Southern Maryland that this was not considered. He added that he did not have a problem with adding Washington, D.C. to the qualifications for apprenticeship. Mr. Vontran stated that he would make that modification to the qualifications for apprenticeship.

Mr. Cluster asked how they were going to track and document the competenies. Mr. Brown responded that they would develop a spreadsheet to record that information for each apprentice.

Mr. Cluster inquired as to whether the apprentices would be military or civilians. Mr. Brown replied that they would all be civilians.

A motion to approve this request for registration of Standards of apprenticeship was made by Mr. Shmelzer, seconded by Mr. Cluster and unanimously approved.

B. PROGRAM REVSIONS:

1. Baltimore Bricklayers JATC for the Masonry Industry (John F. Vontran) – Revision to register updated Standards of Apprenticeship for all registered occupations with updated related instruction, work processes apprentice wage progression schedules and journeyworker hourly wage rates.

A motion to approve this revision was made by Mr. Smarte, seconded by Mr. Klusmann and unanimously approved.

2. Baltimore City Joint Apprenticeship Committee, City Union of Baltimore Local No. 800 (John F. Vontran) – Request for reactivation of Standards of Apprenticeship for the occupation of Housing Inspector with updated related instruction and on-the job training work processes.

A motion to approve this request for reactivation of Standards of Apprenticeship for the occupation of Housing Inspector with updated related instruction and on-the job training work processes was made by Mr. Cavey, seconded by Mr. Smarte and unanimously approved.

3. Human Genome Sciences, Inc. (John F. Vontran) – Revision to add the occupation of Validation Technician with related instruction to be provided by Montgomery College.

A motion to approve this revision was made by Mr. Smarte, seconded by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved.

C. PROGRAM REVIEWS (Fewer Than Five (5) Apprentices):

1. The following program reviews had been performed and the programs were found to be conducted in a satisfactory manner. [No Council Action Required]:

a. Bauguess Electrical Services, Inc. (Mark Millen) – Occupation of Electrician.

b. Bethesda Refrigeration Service, Inc. (John F. Vontran) - Occupation of HVACR Technician.

c. Bozzuto Management Company (Ginamarie Best) – Occupation of Building Maintenance Repairer.

d. Holmatro, Inc. (Jane Sinclair) – Occupation of Machinist.

e. Insulators and Allied Workers Local No. 2 JATC (John F. Vontran) – Occupation of Insulation Worker.

f. NPOWER (André Keyser) – Occupation of IT Professional.

g. Maryland Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (Ginamarie Best) - Occupation of Security and Fire Alarm Installer.

h. McGlothlin & Benham Electric Company, Inc. (Kelton Addison) - Occupation of Electrician.

i. Tate Engineering Systems, Inc. (André Keyser) – Occupation of HVACR Technician.

D. VOLUNTARY REQUEST FOR CANCELLATION OF STANDARDS OF APPRENTICESHIP:

1. Beall Funeral Home effective September 14 2018.

A motion to accept the voluntary request for cancellation of Standards of Apprenticeship for Beall Funeral Home effective September 14, 2018 was made by Mr. Smarte, seconded by Mr. Bromley and unanimously approved.

2. DePerini Metal Fabricators, Inc. effective September 12, 2018.

A motion accept the voluntary request for cancellation of Standards of Apprenticeship for DePerini Metal Fabricators, Inc. effective September 12 2018 was made by Mr. Smarte, seconded by Mr. Shmelzer and unanimously approved.

E. OTHER BUSINESS:

1. Recommendation for deregistration of Apprenticeship Standards for the defunct apprenticeship program of Francis Gasch’s Sons Funeral Home, P.A. (MATC No. 1694) (Christopher D. MacLarion).

A motion to proceed with the deregistration of Apprenticeship Standards for the defunct apprenticeship program of Francis Gasch’s Sons Funeral Home, P.A. was made by Mr. Shmelzer, seconded by Mr. Cavey and unanimously approved.

2. Recommendation for deregistration of Apprenticeship Standards for the defunct apprenticeship program of the Frazier Machine Company, Inc. (MATC No. 2061) (Christopher D. MacLarion).

A motion to proceed with the deregistration of Apprenticeship Standards for the defunct apprenticeship program of the Frazier Machine Company, Inc. was made by Mr. Shmelzer, seconded by Mr. Cavey and unanimously approved.

3. Recommendation for deregistration of Apprenticeship Standards for the defunct apprenticeship program of the Goddard Space Flight Center (MATC No. 897) (Christopher D. MacLarion).

A motion to proceed with the deregistration of Apprenticeship Standards for the defunct apprenticeship program of the Goddard Space Flight Center was made by Mr. Shmelzer, seconded by Mr. Smarte and unanimously approved.

Mr. MacLarion informed Council members that it was not possible to ascertain whether this apprenticeship program was still operating as the sponsor had not responded to efforts to reach out to them.

4. Recommendation for deregistration of Apprenticeship Standards for the defunct apprenticeship program of the National Security Agency (MATC No. 1724) (Christopher D. MacLarion).

A motion to proceed with the deregistration of Apprenticeship Standards for the defunct apprenticeship program of the National Security Agency was made by Mr. Smarte, seconded by Mr. Bromley and unanimously approved.

5. Request for the approval of BIMBO Bakeries to be an eligible employer for Apprenticeship Maryland (Youth) (Teresa Mena).

A motion to approve this request was made by Mr. Bromley, seconded by Mr. Smarte and unanimously approved.

6. Request for the approval of Precision Bioservices to be an eligible employer for Apprenticeship Maryland (Youth) (Teresa Mena).

A motion to approve this request was made by Mr. Smarte, seconded by Mr. Bromley and unanimously approved.

7. Request for the approval of Watkins Cabinet Corporation to be an eligible employer for Apprenticeship Maryland (Youth) (Teresa Mena).

A motion to approve this request was made by Mr. Bromley, seconded by Mr. Klusmann and unanimously approved.

8. Request for the approval of Tire World Auto Centers to be an eligible employer for Apprenticeship Maryland (Youth) (Teresa Mena).

A motion to approve this request was made by Mr. Bromley, seconded by Mr. Wilson and unanimously approved.

9. Request for the approval of Hawkins Electric Service, Inc. to be an eligible employer for Apprenticeship Maryland (Youth) (Jeffrey W. Smith).

A motion to approve this request was made by Mr. Smarte, seconded by Mr. Bromley and unanimously approved.

10. Memorandum of Agreement State Apprenticeship Council Alliance (Christopher D. McLarion).

Mr. MacLarian explained the purpose of the Memorandum of Agreement to Council members and noted that it has the support of the National Associaion of State and Territorial Apprenticeship Directors.

A motion to sign the Memorandum of Agreement State Apprenticeship Council Alliance was made by Mr. Smarte, seconded by Mr. Shmelzer and unanimously approved.

Mr. Shmelzer inquired about the status of Maryland’s state counterpart to the new federal Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 30. Mr. MacLarion noted that a draft had been sent to DOL/OA for them to review and that they had returned it with their comments. He stated that a group from within the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning would be convened to review their comments and made changes to the draft regulations as needed and to then return the revised draft to DOL/OA for their further review. Once DOL/OA notifies Maryland that they are satisfied with them, the state process will begin leading to their final adopion as state regulations.

Mr. MacLarion informed Council members that Employee Representative Alexander Poling had resigned from the Council as he would be relocating outside of Maryland.

There being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting of the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council was adjourned at 10:04 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Christopher D. MacLarion
Secretary
Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council

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