April Construction Unemployment Rates Improve in 44 States from 2015

Iowa jumped up in the ranking from 15th lowest construction unemployment rate in March to second lowest in April with a 2.7 percent rate. Its 4.9 percent drop in rate from March ranked as the eighth largest monthly decrease. Its year-over-year fall of 2.6 percent was the seventh largest decline among the states.

ABC of Iowa Wins Big at National Craft Championships

Des Moines, IA – ABC of Iowa was represented with six apprentices and five journeymen at the 2016 National Craft Championship Competition in Fort Lauderdale, FL March 1-4 and placed in five of the trade competitions. 

ABC of Iowa Journeyman Team Wins Gold Medal Second Year in a Row at ABC's National Craft Championships

  WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21– Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship & Training Trust’s team won gold medals at the 29th annual National Craft Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., earlier this month.

The 2015 Iowa Craft Championship Winners Are Announced

  The 2015 Iowa Craft Championship Competition took place Friday November 20 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. 29 third and fourth year apprentices from across the state competed in 5 different trades including Electrical, HVAC, Insulation, Plumbing and Sheet Metal.

Iowa Native Shon Smith of ACI Mechanical Named ABC’s National Young Professional of the Year

  Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today announced that Shon Smith, prefabrication manager at ACI Mechanical, Inc. in Ames, Iowa, has been named ABC’s first Young Professional of the Year. 

High School Challenge and Career Day

In conjunction with the ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship and Training Trust Craft Championships, the Trust will also be hosting a High School Challenge and Career Day.

Where: 4-H Exibits Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds
When: November 20, 2015
Contact: Mindy Ver Steegt

35th Annual Apprenticeship Graduation

ABC of Iowa's Apprenticeship and Training Trust celebrated their 35th Annual Apprentice Graduation on Friday, June 5.

The class of 2015 is the second largest class graduating from ABC of Iowa at 167 graduates. The Apprenticeship program began in 1976 leading the way for the first graduating class of 47 in 1980. ABC of Iowa currently has the largest Apprenticeship Program of any chapter in the Nation graduating 3,220 apprentices over the past several decades.