Career Ladder, a new pilot program launched by Residential Life in collaboration with the AFSCME Bargaining Unit and Labor Management Workplace Education, is providing six Residential Life custodial workers an opportunity to advance their trades skills through classroom learning and one-on-one mentorship with maintenance technicians over the course of a 45-week program.
The mentees will shadow their mentors and learn trade skills in carpentry, painting, HVAC, plumbing and electrical work.
Thirty-seven staff members applied for six available positions. The candidates were selected through a detailed search process.
Selected mentees are: Mark Dubuque, Suresh Manandhar, Anthony Nepal, Vila Noeun, Sampurna Rana Magar and Jennifer Smith.
The group will be mentored by eight technicians, selected from a pool of 14 applicants, who will each provide approximately 33 weeks of direct mentoring over the course of the next academic year. These mentors are: Ray Berthiaume, Kevin Bourbeau, David DeBaggis, David Magelinski, John Mercado, Jusuf Mutevelic, William Poirier and Jim Wysocki.
The program kicked off with a team lunch on June 21. Two weeks of classroom time in July will focus on basic computer skills and workplace math, and there will be more class time throughout the program