BGCFW Project Blueprint Field Trip

The Project Blueprint group recently visited the Ironworkers Local 147 training center with instructors Ron Andrews and Joe Stracte. The group started off with a tour of the facility showing the kids the types of equipment the Ironworkers use. After securing them in the proper safety equipment, the kids were taken up in the lift to get the feel of working at heights which is sometimes required on a construction site. The kids were shown how metal is bent and shaped using a “Coupon“, which is a raw piece of metal using a 500° flame. In the hands-on portion members, using an 1800° flame, cut metal along a straight line and learned how to properly position their body and arms to accomplish this. They wore safety jackets, goggles, and gloves under close supervision while performing the task. Their goal was to make straight, smooth cuts with the torch and our kids did remarkably well. Thank you Ron and Joe for your expert teaching.

Article submitted by Sheri Tatman, Fundraising & Marketing Manager

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS of NORTHEAST INDIANA

2609 Fairfield Avenue

Fort Wayne, IN 46807

Phone: (260) 744-0998  Ext. 133

Email: statman@bgcfw.org

FWCS and Ford Next Generation Learning

Fort Wayne Community Schools recently held a planning session with Ford Next Generation Learning. The focus of the collaboration is to create a new learning path to prepare students for careers, life-long learning and leadership.

NEICA’s Mike Avila, Tom Case, Kent Prosser and Darryl Esterline attended the session. NEICA is excited to see where our program can work in partnership with this new venture.

Visit the Ford Next Generation Learning website to learn more. https://fordngl.com/

Ford NGL: Helping communities prepare future scientists, inventors, public servants and entrepreneurs.

Kent Prosser leads team building session to victory!

BGCFW Project Blueprint Update

Ron Anderson and Joe from the Ironworkers Local 147 taught our club members 6 knots that every construction worker needs to know. Each one has a unique purpose in the construction world and it’s important to know when and how to use them. They started with the Square Knot, secure and stable and used to tie 2 ropes together.  The Clove Hitch, stays secure and does not slip, used to secure a rope to a post or tree. The Bowline, creates a loop at the end of the rope that won’t shrink or expand. A Bowline on a Bike, similar to the regular Bowline except it’s in the middle of the rope. The Figure 8, creates a stopping point in the rope. And finally the Sheet Bend, this knot is used to join two ropes of different materials or thicknesses. The club kids loved learning to tie all of these and even added an extra one to the lesson, the Lasso. Not used in construction, but loved by kids everywhere.

The Ironworks also gave the club members a lesson in reading a tape measure and why it is important to know the value of each line between the inch marks.

Thank you Ron and Joe for working with our kids this week.

Article submitted by Sheri Tatman, Fundraising & Marketing Manager

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS of NORTHEAST INDIANA

2609 Fairfield Avenue

Fort Wayne, IN 46807

Phone: (260) 744-0998  Ext. 133

Email: statman@bgcfw.org

Mad Ants/Construction Career Job Fair

Sunday, March 6 NEICA/NEIBT had great turnout for our first ever Construction Career Job Fair hosted before a Mad Ants game in the Century Club Room. We invited students from Garrett High School, the Impact Center of Kendallville and Fort Wayne Community School Career Academy. There were fifteen tables of contractors and union apprenticeship programs ready to give the students the information to continue a career in construction. It was great to see parents and instructors from the programs in attendance too!

Northeast Indiana Construction Alliance