ANNOUNCING THE 2016 TINO FULIMENI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
One of the many highlights of the 2016 ICD National Conference -- and always one of the highlights of our year -- was the drawing at random of the 10 winners of the Tino Fulimeni Memorial Scholarship.
Once we returned from Mobile, we began the process of contacting the winners and verifying that they met all the qualifying standards. Well, the hay is in the barn, as they say.
Here are your winners of the 2016 Tino Fulimeni Memorial Scholarship. Congratulations to them, their families, and the Career Development Programs, local union and Steelworker districts they represent.
From District 1:
From District 4:
From District 7:
From District 9:
From District 10:
The Institute for Career Development, headquartered in Merrillville, Indiana, is a unique workforce training program for eligible members of the United Steelworkers. The Institute, or ICD, was created in 1989 as a result of contract negotiations between the USW and major steel companies. Today, ICD has expanded to include rubber companies as well.
ICD is a joint initiative, with labor and management working together to provide educational services to Steelworkers.
We have a wide range of classes to meet any interest or skill level. Instruction ranges from basic skills, such as GED preparation, to graduate-level college courses. Steelworkers can also take personal enhancement courses, like photography and foreign languages, and a variety of classes that teach technical skills, such as plumbing, electrical wiring or small engine repair. The most popular course offerings are computer-related, and many Steelworkers earn certifications through the program.
The emphasis is on teaching “portable” skills Steelworkers can use to enhance their existing careers or take with them beyond the steel mills, rubber plants and iron mines should they change jobs. Many Steelworkers have used the program to prepare for pre-apprenticeship tests.
Approximately 80 percent of the courses are “customized,” meaning that instructors are hired to design classes specifically for Steelworkers. Most of these classes are taught in learning centers on or near the plants and are offered twice a day – before and after shift changes – to accommodate workers’ schedules. Access to other courses is made available through a tuition assistance program which provides up to $1,800 annually to each worker for tuition, books and fees at accredited institutions.
This educational benefit was originally negotiated by the USW in contracts with participating companies in 1989. Most recently, BF Goodrich joined in 2004, Bridgestone Firestone in 2005 and Goodyear joined in 2006. The companies set aside 15 cents for each hour worked by a Steelworker – or some other contractually agreed-upon amount – to fund the program.
Each site has a Local Joint Committee, or LJC, that oversees spending and programming. The LJC is comprised of both union and company representatives. Budgets at the sites vary depending on the size of the workforce at each plant.
Everything is geared toward making learning comfortable and accessible for Steelworkers. Our learning centers are conveniently located, usually on or near work sites or in a union hall. Classes are offered before and after shift changes to accommodate workers’ schedules.
Each site offers classes under the direction of the LJC. The LJC decides what courses to offer by documenting workers’ needs and interests. They do this through surveys or by sending program Learning Advocates to talk to workers on the shop floor. Each Career Development Program is uniquely tailored for the Steelworkers at that location. It’s a “bottom-up” philosophy that enables Steelworkers to drive the program.
Another important aspect of the program is learning confidentiality. Only the Steelworker and the Career Development staff know whether the Steelworker is there to brush up on basic skills or complete a college-level course. Computer-aided instruction supplements traditional classroom settings, small group sessions and one-on-one tutoring.
Lindsey Heiling is a 2012 graduate from Columbus High school who plans to study nursing at Carroll University. Lindsey’s mother and father, Steve Heiling and Linda Vick, are employed at Veyance Technologies and are members of USWA Local 904.