On Friday, August 21, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Employment Department hosted the annual Apprenticeship Appreciation Luncheon at Talking Stick Resort. Twenty-two Community members who participated in the Apprenticeship Training Program received their journeyman certificates in front of family, friends and colleagues.
Assistant Human Resources Director Steve Haydukovich provided a welcome and SRPMIC Vice-President Martin Harvier provided special remarks. Harvier thanked the tribal departments for their participation in the program and for taking the time to teach the program participants.
“I want to congratulate each and every one of you for obtaining your journeyman status. I’m grateful that we as a Community have been blessed to have a program like this. Our members and non-members are able to follow their dream or [jump at] an opportunity to learn in different areas,” said Harvier.
The program continued with the presentation of the journeyman certificates. Twenty-two Community members classified in either the hotel, carpentry or computer program were presented a plaque, certificate and a goody bag in recognition of their accomplishment.
This year’s guest speaker was Community member Gloria Salazar. She spoke about her experience with the Apprenticeship Training Program and offered words of encouragement to the program participants.
“It’s been a long journey,” said Salazar. “I learned the basics while in the program and it led me to where I am right now, with [Casino Arizona]. I use these skills every day with my job and also on a personal level.” Salazar recently earned her bachelor of arts degree and is working toward obtaining her master’s degree.
“Find something that you like and love to do. It makes your job a lot easier and you’ll also be happier to do your job. There’s going to be many trials and tribulations, but just stick through it,” said Salazar to the program participants.
This year’s Apprentice of the Year awards went to Ellyse Andreas and Delbert Reeder. Andreas was recently offered a position with the SRPMIC Finance Department for all the hard work she put in. Reeder was also offered a position, with the SRPMIC Public Works Department.
“This has been one of the biggest graduating classes,” said James Smith, Apprenticeship Training Program manager. “Out of the 22 participants in the program, … 17 of them are employed [or were offered positions within the Community].”
For more information about the Apprenticeship Training Program, contact James Smith by email at James.Smith@srpmic-nsn.gov or by phone at (480) 362-7962.