We are happy to announce that two members of the National Labor College (NLC) family recently tied the knot. On July 12, 2013, surrounded by their children and grandchildren, Brenda Cantrell and Rick Inclima were married at their home. They had a beautiful ceremony and even the rain cooperated. Brenda is an NLC alum, current adjunct professor, and former director of the HazMat program. Rick Inclima is also an NLC alum, Education Director for Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees (BMWE), and one of the first peer trainers for the rail program. The lucky couple met because of the Rail Hazmat program. Brenda and Rick will be honeymooning in their cabin in the West Virginia woods.
Last month, more than 100 regional peer trainers gathered at National Labor College to participate in a refresher course designed to maintain current skills and to teach new ones.
The Regional Peer Trainer Refresher is an annual event than ensures these trainers are of the highest quality as they carry vital safety information to their coworkers in safety briefings, company-sponsored training sessions and union meetings. Most peer instructors are full-time rail workers and members and/or local officers of affiliated rail unions. The training provides a forum for the exchange of new ideas and information. Continue reading
Chicago, Ill.—On January 5, 2012, four National Labor College alumni presented at the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) Conference. This annual event now in its 64th year provides an opportunity for professionals from academia, labor, and management to share ideas, discuss current research and highlight innovative practices in labor and employment relations. Continue reading
Peter Kennedy of Hammond, Ind., would tell anyone thinking of going to the NLC, “Don’t hesitate—go after it. It’s going to be one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have.”
Peter would know. As a graduate of the Class of 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies and a double major in the Political Economy of Labor and Union Leadership and Administration, Peter has gone on to achieve his professional and education dreams thanks, in part, to his time at the NLC.
On Graduate School Fast Track
According to Peter, the NLC classes prepared him well for graduate level work. In fact, Peter was so well-prepared that he was able to complete a 2-year master’s program from Creighton University in just over a year.
Because of what he learned at the NLC, he says, “I just knew that I could complete my master’s.” Continue reading