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Opportunities Long Island prepares young workers for union apprenticeships

Opportunities Long Island is a program started by local unions to prepare young adults from poor communities to compete for apprenticeships offered by construction unions. The 3-year-old program enrolls about 20 students each year. They spend eight weeks learning about construction and union apprenticeships. The program is free. Opportunities Long Island students are exposed to some of the tasks of a carpenter, sheet metal worker, insulator and other construction occupations during visits to local union training centers. Recently, the students met with instructors and did hands-on exercises at training centers run by Local 200 of the Plumbers’ union in Bohemia and Local 25 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union in Hauppauge. – James T. Madore

Claude Malloy, 27, of Huntington Station, on a
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Opportunities Long Island graduate Claude Malloy, 27, of Huntington Station, on a building site in White Plains on Feb. 25, 2017. Malloy is an apprentice with Local 580 of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers.

Femi Ayodele at his apprenticeship site at the
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Opportunities Long Island graduate Femi Ayodele, 30, of Central Islip, during his apprenticeship on Feb. 23, 2017 at the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant in East Rockaway. He is an apprentice with Local 25 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union.  

Femi Ayodele at his apprenticeship site at the
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Opportunities Long Island graduate Femi Ayodele, 30, of Central Islip, during his apprenticeship on Feb. 23, 2017 at the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant in East Rockaway. He is an apprentice with Local 25 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union.

Femi Ayodele at his apprenticeship site at the
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Opportunities Long Island graduate Femi Ayodele, 30, of Central Islip, during his apprenticeship on Feb. 23, 2017 at the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant in East Rockaway. He is an apprentice with Local 25 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union.

Instructor James Ludwig, right, helps Opportunities LI student
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Instructor James Ludwig, right, helps Opportunities Long Island student Jordan Storey, of Lindenhurst,  join pipes with solder on March 13, 2017, at the Plumbers Local Union No. 200 training center in Bohemia.

Opportunities LI student Jordan Storey of Lindenhurst learns
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Opportunities LI student Jordan Storey, of Lindenhurst, learns to join pipes with solder on March 13, 2017, at the Plumbers Local Union No. 200 training center in Bohemia.

Opportunities LI student Juan D. Escobar of Uniondale
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Opportunities Long Island student Juan D. Escobar, of Uniondale,  joins pipes with solder on March 13, 2017, at the Plumbers Local Union No. 200 training center in Bohemia.

Opportunities LI students look on as training coordinator
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Opportunities Long Island students watch as training coordinator Keith Gordon, left, shows them how to join pipes with solder on March 13, 2017, at the Plumbers Local Union No. 200 training center in Bohemi

Opportunities LI student Juan D. Escobar of Uniondale,
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Opportunities Long Island  student Juan D. Escobar, of Uniondale, cuts a piece of pipe on March 13, 2017, as training coordinator Keith Gordon watches at the Plumbers Local Union No. 200 training center in Bohemia.

Opportunities LI student Christopher Hines of Huntington learns
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Opportunities Long Island student Christopher Hines, of Huntington Town, takes a turn at joining pipes with solder on March 13, 2017, at the Plumbers Local Union No. 200 training center in Bohemia.

(L) James Feldman, Opportunities Long Island instructor, works
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James Feldmann, a training instructor  for Local 25 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, makes a point to Opportunities Long Island students on March 20, 2017, during training at  the union education center in Hauppauge. 

(L-R) Opportunities Long Island instructors, John Frontino and
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Instructors, from left, John Frontino and Dennis Coyne, show Long Island Opportunities students how to bend pipe on March 20, 2017, at the education center of Local 25 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Hauppauge.  

Dennis Coyne, an Opportunities Long Island instructor, introduces
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Instructor Dennis Coyne gestures to equipment on a table as he introduces Opportunities Long Island students to what they will be learning on March 20, 2017, while studying in the motor control room at the education center of Local 25 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Hauppauge.  

(L-R) Dennis Coyne, Opportunities Long Island instructor, teaches
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Instructor Dennis Coyne, left, demonstrates installing a switch to Opportunities Long Island student Christopher Hines,  of Huntington Town, on March 20, 2017, at the education center of  Local 25 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Hauppauge.

Opportunities Long Island instructor compares an electrical switch
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An instructor shows an Opportunities Long Island student different electrical switches on March 20, 2017, in the education center of  Local 25 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Hauppauge.

(L-R) Dennis Coyne, Opportunities Long Island instructor, teaches
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Instructor Dennis Coyne watches as  Opportunities Long Island student Christopher Hines, of Huntington Town, installs a switch on March 20, 2017, during training in the education center of Local 25 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Hauppauge.

Claude Malloy, 27, of Huntington Station, on a
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​​​​​​​Opportunities Long Island graduate Claude Malloy, 27, of Huntington Station, on a building site in White Plains on Feb. 25, 2017. Malloy is an apprentice with Local 580 of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers.

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