IUPAT Job Corps Grad Restores Capitol Dome

Antonio Alford

This article appeared in the United States Department of Labor DOL News Brief (see full article HERE) on March 22, 2012 —

Each night, Job Corps graduate Antonio Alford looks out at theWashington, D.C., skyline from 180 feet up and thinks to himself, “I am honored to be working on restoring the most important building inAmerica.” Alford is foreman of a crew of 20 workers who work from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. restoring the outside of the rotunda located beneath the Capitol dome. He graduated in 2002 from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Painting Pre-Apprenticeship Program at theShriver Job Corps Center inMassachusetts. Alford since has traveled America, working on industrial, commercial and decorative painting projects. He wants the public to know that “the very good money and benefits I enjoy as a union painter would not have been possible without the Job Corps program.”