FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, DC (August 3, 2007) – The National Glass Association announced today that it has formed a partnership with York County School of Technology to offer its classroom glazier training program Glass Installer Technical Institute (GITI) to students in the York, PA area.
Now in its seventh year, GITI is a comprehensive hands-on glass installation training program available specifically for entry-level glass and glazing professionals. GITI offers an array of features to expand an individual’s expertise in the glass industry. This program provides access to NGA’s Certified Glass Installer Program as well as prepares students to enter a new career field.
The York County School of Technology is dedicated to providing a program of high quality, cutting-edge technical training integrated with a strong academic education and an emphasis on critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making and team-building skills. Through the NGA-York County School of Technology partnership, adult students and employers within a nine county region in south central Pennsylvania will have access to the GITI course beginning this fall.
The partnership was formed at the request of NGA member company Debra’s Glass in Dallastown, PA, who, along with a number of local glass companies and suppliers, noticed the lack of qualified, well trained glaziers. “This class will benefit the glazing trade and ultimately, the glazing customer,” says John Falk, General Manager of Debra’s Glass and instructor for the GlTI.
“We are extremely proud to expand the reach of GITI and extend it to students at York County School of Technology,” said David Walker, the NGA's Vice President of Association Services. “We see this partnership as an important way to help train the workforce of tomorrow as well as help promote glass industry careers as exciting options for students. We encourage all glass businesses to contact their local technical schools to demonstrate their support for such programs. This is a win-win situation for all—NGA provides the curriculum, technical schools supply the location, local businesses supply the students and consumers reap the benefits of highly-skilled glass professionals.”
Said Sue Hoffman, York County School of Technology Adult & Continuing Education Center Supervisor, “One of our main goals is to offer our students as wide a range of alternatives as possible as they map out a professional plan. Another is to assist our employers in acquiring a skilled workforce. Offering GITI as part of our curriculum helps us achieve both of these goals.”
For more information about GITI and/or the partnership with York County School of Technology, contact NGA’s Julie Pearce at 703/442-4890, ext. 134 or visit www.glass.org/edu_train/gi_ov.htm
Founded in 1948, the National Glass Association is the largest trade association representing the entire flat glass and auto glass industries. Based outside Washington, DC, NGA offers certification, education and training, and MyGlassClass.com—a state-of-the-art, online training resource. NGA publishes the leading trade magazines—Glass Magazine®, Window & Door®, AutoGlass™, and e-newsletters, e-glass weekly™ and WDweekly™. In addition, NGA serves the industry and general public with its Web sites: www.glass.org, www.GlassBuildAmerica.com, www.GlassMagazine.net, www.AutoGlassmagazine.net, www.WindowandDoor.net, and www.myautoglass.org. NGA also hosts the industry’s premier annual trade events: GlassBuild America®: The Glass, Window & Door Expo and the National Auto Glass Conference.