New England Laborers’ Educational Initiatives

Across the New England Region (which includes New York State) Laborers are excited about the new programs we have instituted to bring the world of construction into our public schools.  For too many years, students, teachers and guidance counselors were not aware of the many opportunities available to young people throughout the construction industry.  The New England Region of the Laborers’ International Union of North America has made a concerted effort on behalf of our industry and our contractors to open the doors to young people who are interested in the world of industrial construction.  

The New England Laborers' / Cranston Public Schools Construction & Career Academy

The New England Laborers’ made headlines in 2001 by partnering with a public school district to open the first -- grade 9-12 Charter School with a focus on Construction Careers.   With an emphasis on project based learning our school broke new ground with inventive new programs and changed the dynamic of the classroom.  In 2003, LiUNA General Secretary and New England Regional Manager, Armand E. Sabitoni was named Engineering News Record’s – Newsmaker of the Year.

 Our tenth class of seniors graduated in June 2013.  Our Local 271 in Providence, RI sponsors this school and holds their monthly meetings at the school.

Medford Vocational Technical High School Construction Craft Laborers Program

In 2003, a new model of construction opportunity was created by the Laborers in collaboration with Laborers Local 22 of Boston and the Superintendent’s office of the Medford Public Schools.  A course entitled Construction Craft Laborer is now offered in the school’s roster of vocational programs. The instructor for this program works with our New England Laborers’ Training Academy in Hopkinton, MA to develop curriculum.  The Construction Craft Laborers program received Chapter 74 Certification from the State of Massachusetts, which allows our instructors to become Certified Vocational Teachers if they pass a state test. 

Tri-County Construction Craft Laborers Program

In the fall of 2009, this program in Franklin, MA (covering a region of 11 cities and towns) was opened and follows the same vocational curriculum as the Medford, MA program. Since it’s inception this program has been a big hit with the students at Tri-County and continues to grow. They are sponsored and supported by Laborers Local 609 and the New England Laborers’ Training Academy in Hopkinton, MA.