1990 June 19, 20, 21, 22
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship & Training, Washington , D.C.
Capital Hill Quality Hotel; Host: Minor Miller – Representative
Deere & Company reinstated on Round Table. Don Hopkins attained Honorary Membership status. Remmele Engineering joined the Round Table.
Federal programs and efforts of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Work Based Learning were highlighted.
1991 June 18, 19, 20, 21
Xerox Corporation, Rochester , New York ; Stouffer Rochester Plaza Hotel
Host: Ross Micali – Representative
Merck Pharmaceutical and Tampa Electric were elected as members. LTV Steel was elected as a new member with two memberships. Jim Mitchell received special recognition for his 11 years attendance at AART.
Work-force quality and the need for increased education support were key topics of the meeting. Members reiterated that the AART, as a body, does not establish policy positions or publish papers on current issues or programs. Individual members may as they deem appropriate, but not as representing AART.
1992 June 16, 17, 18, 19
The Timken Company, Canton , Ohio ; Canton Hilton
Host: Lloyd M. Groves – Representative
Eastman Chemical Company-Texas Eastman Division, represented by William R. Hansen, was accepted as a new member.
James L. Wallbeoff, Jr., The Association for Manufacturing Technology, was granted Honorary Membership status.
The 50th anniversary symbol, designed by The Timken Company, was adopted as an official symbol/emblem of AART.
The AART Constitution was amended to clarify the membership status of companies which are part of conglomerate organizations with multiple operations that are essentially separate entities.
Key topics discussed during the meeting included: (1) methods to incorporate new technologies in apprentice training; (2) maintaining academic requirements; (3) management involvement; (4) selection, testing and assessment; (5) educational linkages such as youth apprenticeship, tech prep and 2+2 programs, standards or occupational certifications for vocational programs, and curriculum development for schools; (6) use of competency-based and video-tape-based training programs and documentation and verification of OJT; (7) linking training to strategic and operating objectives, and demonstrating effectiveness and return on investment; (8) implications of Americans with Disabilities Act; and (9) preserving training programs during periods of cost cutting and reductions in force.
A 50th anniversary recognition program was held at the Professional Football Hall of Fame. The following companies received plaques for 25 or more years of continuous membership: Caterpillar Inc., Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Eastman Kodak Company, General Electric Company, Aluminum Company of America , The Timken Company, and TRW, Inc.
The following companies received certificates for 15 or more years of continuous membership during the past 25 years: Armco, Inc., Corning Incorporated, Reynolds Metals Company, Xerox Corporation, AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology, Cummins Engine Company, Inc., and Lukens Steel Company.
Distinguished Service Award recipients (James P. Mitchell and Hugh Murphy) and the following 13 Honorary Lifetime Members received certificates: L.M. “Hap” Berichon, Robert C. Hahn, Louis J. Brown, William L. Main, Richard L. Draheim, Robert L. Kasper, Andrew R. Kosty, Richard H. Webb, and Al Casselman. Harry C. Hitchcock also received and engraved pewter tray for 25 years consecutive participation.
1993 June 22, 23, 24, 25
Caterpillar, Inc., Peoria , Illinois ; Jumer’s Castle Lodge
Host: Leroy Roberts – Representative
A banner was presented to the AART by Caterpillar, Inc. to be displayed at the annual meetings. Featured activities included a product demonstration at Caterpillar’s Edwards Training Center and a tour of the track-type tractor assembly facility. Topics discussed included related instruction, recruitment and selection of apprentices, and educational linkages. There was a special presentation on Cummins Engine Company’s 11-year labor agreement. ARMCO, Inc. was dropped from membership.
Word was received that Harry C. Hitchcock passed away in December 1992.
1994 June 21, 22, 23, 24
Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Newport News , Virginia
Radisson Hotel, Hampton , Virginia ; Host: James H. Hughes – Representative
Featured activities included a Harbor Cruise of Hampton Roads and a visit to the shipyard of Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company. Topics discussed during the meeting included related training, selection/testing/assessment, craft training, program policies and practices, training technologies, educational linkages, and program evaluation.
Lukens Steel was dropped from membership. Bath Iron Works was seated as the newest member of AART.
Ross Micali, of Xerox, was approved for Honorary Membership status.
1995 June 20, 21, 22, 23
Remmele Engineering, Inc., New Brighton , Minnesota
Radisson Hotel, Plymouth , Minnesota
Host: Michael Bates – Representative
Topics discussed during the meeting included related training, teaching of soft skills, competency-based training, career paths for apprentice graduates, distance learning techniques, impact of High Performance Work Teams on apprenticeship, and National Skills Standards.
Mead Paper Company was seated as a new member of AART.
There was discussion at the membership meeting about the name and focus of AART. The focus has grown from apprenticeship to technical training for the skilled crafts. Jim Hughes volunteered to head a committee to look into this.
Jerry Eluskie, of Ford Motor Company, was approved for Honorary Membership status.
1996 June 18, 19, 20, 21
Chrysler Corporation, Detroit , Michigan
The River Place Hotel, Detroit , Michigan
Host: Russ Bayly – Representative
Topics discussed during the round table discussion included “Schoot-to-work Activities”, “Evaluating Apprentices and Program Effectiveness”, “Apprentice Candidates: Sources, Selection, Quality”, “Apprenticeship Standards/Program Policy”, “Related Insttruction”, and “Trade and Craft Revitalization Agreements.”
National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) was seated as a new member of AART. Jim Wallbeoff is the representative.
Alcoa Tennessee Operations was approved and seated at the round table as the second member of Aluminum Company of America .
Three new members were added to the Honorary Membership Roll: C. David Beatty, Cummins Engine Company, Inc.; James H. Hughes, Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company; and James H. Freeman, Eastman Chemical Company.
American Apprenticeship Round Table (AART) will continue to be the name of our organization. A committee led by Jim Hughes studied the name and scope. Based on their report and much discussion, the membership voted against implementing a name change.
1997 June 17, 18, 19, 20
Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport , Tennessee
Meadow View Conference Resort & Convention Center, Kingsport , Tennessee
Host: James Freeman – Representative
Topics for discussion included skill standards, training technology, related instruction, disabilities, evaluation/testing/assessment, recruiting/expanding apprenticeship, multiskilled crafts, school-to-work, and mentoring.
Greenville Tool & Die Company was seated as a new member. Stephen Foster is the representative.
A one-page mission and description of AART was developed and finalized. President Daivd Beatty is to mail the document to all members.
1998 June 16, 17, 18, 19
Dow Chemical, Midland , Michigan
Ashman Court Hotel Conference Center , Midland , Michigan
Host: Doug Struble – Representative
Topics for discussion included: Training Technology, Competency Based Programs, Related Instruction, Evaluation/Testing/Assessment, Recruiting/Expanding Apprenticeships, School To Work, and Program Costs.
LeRoy Roberts, from Caterpillar, Inc., was approved for Honorary Membership status.
Information from The Membership Book was transferred onto a computer program for easier reference and to preserve the fragile Membership Book, which dates back to the formation of the Round Table.
1999 June 22, 23, 24, 25
Greenville Tool & Die
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids , Michigan
Host: Steve Foster – Representative
Topics for discussion included: Assessments and Skill Standards, Related Instruction, Recruiting/Expanding Apprenticeships, Union Involvement in Apprenticeship, Retention, Program Cost, Non-Traditional Programs, Computer Training.
Jim Conn, from Allegheny Ludlum Steel, was approved for Honorary Membership status.
Luk, Inc. of Wooster , Ohio was seated as a new member of the AART.
Greenville Tool & Die placed all the documents, composing the AART meeting manual, on a computer disc, making it easier for the future hosts to update information and publish the AART meeting manual. They also developed a list of host activities and costs.
A discussion was held on the length of term for the AART officers. The thought was that with many new members coming on board and staying for only a few years, it could be difficult for any individual to remain with the Round Table long enough to provide leadership for the length of time normally required of an officer. After both sides of the discussion were presented, a motion was made to preserve the Term of Elected Officers as it is currently spelled out in the Constitution. The motion was seconded and approved.