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"The Sky's the Limit": Students Find Future at Operating Engineers' Illinois Center


Apprentices develop, and experienced workers refresh, skills at the International Union of Operating Engineers' state-of-the-art training center in Wilmington, Ill. The Local 150 center houses classrooms, testing labs, welding facilities, an equipment simulator lab and an indoor training arena large enough for 18 pieces of equipment to be used simultaneously.

"Individuals coming out of these training programs are very well-equipped to handle just about any of the jobs that they're going to be faced with in the future," says Pam Furlan, a program service administrator for an Illinois...