September General Membership Meeting

Summer break is over! The next meeting will be the first Tuesday in September (day after Labor Day).

 Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Networking & Registration 11:15 | Lunch Buffet 11:30 am | Program 11:45 am
$20 per person
Diamond Room | Knights of Columbus

Apprenticeship Panel:
Dr. Oscar Carter, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
Dave Ewing, Ewing Signal
Suzanne Richards, ApprenticeshipUSA
Mike Smith, Department of Labor (DOL)

Tradesmen International

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The registration deadline is by 4 pm on Friday, August 30, to ensure an accurate number is given for food. Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance to not be charged.

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September Panel Bios

Dr. Oscar Carter, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

Dr. Oscar Carter is the Director for Skilled Technical Sciences with the office of College and Career Readiness for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for Missouri. Dr. Carter has 35 years in Career and Technical Education, as a high school teacher, a Career Center administrator, and for the past 5 years with DESE.

Dr. Carter represents 57 Area Career Centers and many colleges that offer educational programs for Skilled Trades. For the past two years he has worked with the Department of Labor to establish Registered Youth Apprenticeships in Missouri. Dr. Carter is passionate that our youth are ready for employment prior to high school graduation. We have 3 schools that are employing youth below age 18 and providing them the opportunity to earn while they learn. Dr. Carter believes that this Registered Youth Apprenticeship model will work for all employers with the support of their schools and other partners such as workforce development.

Suzanne Richards, ApprenticeshipUSA

Suzanne has been involved in “workforce development” for 30+ years. With a bachelor’s degree in human resources, she chose to focus her career on talent development and training vs. the more common benefits management/administrative path. Throughout her career she has been involved in serving both the employer side of the equation and the job seeker. The goal was always to ensure the best match via training, especially to under-represented populations, that met the employers’ expectations.

Suzanne has been responsible for oversight of projects in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and ultimately Missouri. In Missouri, she has served the Workforce Development Board of Western Missouri, Inc. in the capacity of Lead Trainer, Business Liaison, Director of Field Services and Executive Director.

In the last two years with the Workforce Development Board, Suzanne became involved in the creation of pre-apprenticeship training tied to registered apprenticeship in the electrical field. Suzanne continues to champion apprenticeship as a member of the Missouri Apprenticeship Team under the ApprenticeshipUSA initiative. She currently travels throughout the state meeting with businesses, educational providers, workforce boards, chambers of commerce, community-based organizations, etc. to share the benefits and resources available to those interested in developing their own registered apprenticeship programs.

Mike Smith, Department of Labor

Mike grew up in a military family on Air Force bases from El Paso, Texas, Anchorage, Alaska and Knob Noster, Missouri but calls the small town of Wilson, Oklahoma his home town.

Mike entered into the apprenticeship program of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 178 in Springfield, MO in 1978, became an instructor for the apprenticeship program, graduated from the United Association Instructor Training Program and ultimately served as Apprenticeship Coordinator prior to joining the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship in 1999.

Since coming to the Bureau of Apprenticeship Mike has managed programs in Missouri, Kansas, New Mexico and Arkansas.

When not working, Mike and his wife Carolyn enjoy spending time with their four children and ten grandchildren.

SCA General Membership Meetings

2018 Meeting Schedule
January 9, 11:30 am, $20
February 6, 6:45 am, $15
March 6, 11:30 am, $20
April 3, 6:45 am, $15
May 1, 5:30 pm, $25
June 5, 6:45 am, $15
July OFF
August OFF
September 4, 11:30 am, $20
October 2, 6:45 am, $15
November OFF
December OFF

General Membership Meetings vary over breakfast, lunch, and dinner to allow members with a variety of schedules to attend.