SMART Local #435 has been providing highly skilled Sheet Metal Workers to signatory contractors for over 75 years. In addition, Local #435 provides a four year apprenticeship program tuition free which includes the Journeymen upgrade training in OSHA, fire life safety, welding and any new technology within the sheet metal. The Program includes 8,000 hours (approximately 4 years) of on-the-job training and 180 hours of related instruction each year. Sheet Metal Worker training involves the fabrication, erection, installation, repairing, replacing and servicing of all HVAC systems and the architectural sheet metal work in the construction industry. During the training process, apprentices gain knowledge of heating, cooling and ventilation systems, techniques of welding, and the functions of compressors and condensers in the refrigeration cycle. Local resident Tearria Marshall is the first and only African American female in her class to graduate from the 2021 Sheet Metal Workers Joint Apprenticeship Training program. During the graduation Marshall was rewarded with $1K for her efforts and academic success. Marshall received $500 from Local #435 and shown is Marshall receiving an additional $500 check from Tony Hill, member of the Jax A Philip Randolph Institute Chapter and Congressman Al Lawson Community Liaison.