This year has presented a wonderful and exciting challenge as our electrical apprentices moved into the new ABC Training Academy. The apprenticeship committee has been very involved in the development of the new lab facilities and we are working to provide a state of the art training environment for students and contractors. We have had the opportunity to design a hands-on shop area to complement the related classroom technical instruction that apprentices and craft trainees receive. In addition, our committee meets monthly to hear apprentice issues, review pay upgrades, discuss curriculum and registration issues, and help with any special events, including apprentice reviews, graduation ceremonies, craft championships, entrance testing, and apprentice interviews. My goal as the chair of the electrical committee is to make this program the absolute best our community has to offer. Hiring the best and most qualified teachers, continually upgrading our lab and curriculum, and keeping pace with our constant changing industry are just a few of the issues we deal with in providing top quality training for skilled construction workers. Recently, a large part of our focus has been gearing up for and preparing the apprentices to take the State electrician certification exam. Another focus has been on "online" apprenticeship training. We now have the ability to offer remote site training for your apprentices who are working on projects located outside of San Diego County. ABC apprentices are our future construction leaders - they will be the journeymen, foremen, superintendents, project managers, construction managers and even business owners of the future. To watch them grow professionally, from the day they interview as newcomers to the trades, through the day they graduate and earn their diplomas, is the reason I serve. It is a great honor and privilege to be part of such a worthwhile process. It's also a pleasure to work with the Electrical Apprenticeship Committee members who volunteer and serve with me. These folks are real life heroes -- they dedicate countless volunteer hours and expertise to keep our program vibrant and strong, and keep our apprentices at the top of their game. My deep thanks to those who have helped me insure that ABC continues to provide a quality educational experience for the future construction leaders of San Diego, and America.