Nineteen ABC education directors representing 17 ABC chapters were honored for their service to ABC during the association's 2004 Education Conferences in Las Vegas earlier this month. The education directors were recognized for their three, five, 10 or 15 years of dedication to work force development at ABC chapters nationwide. San Diego's executive director of apprenticeship training, Sherry Yarbrough, was honored with a five-year pin for her work here in California. Prior to joining the San Diego chapter, Yarbrough ran the Carolinas chapter's apprenticeship program for nearly 20 years. Recognized throughout the country by her peers and other prominent leaders in the field of education, Yarbrough is a devout advocate for training in construction. Applying her knowledge of the industry with a resolute determination to improve opportunities and programs for skilled workers, Yarbrough has continued to raise the bar on construction training programs available in San Diego. In January 2004, ABC San Diego took up residence in its innovative new Training Academy. Under Yarbrough's sound leadership, and along with the support of its members and Training Trustees, the chapter has vastly expanded its ability to provide classroom and hands-on instruction to electrical and mechanical craftsmen throughout the county. "ABC is pleased to honor these 19 education directors for their length of service and dedication to education, training and work force development," said Jack Williams, ABC national work force development field director. "These individuals are helping to build outstanding training programs and to meet the ever-changing work force needs of the construction industry. This is a clear indication that ABC and education walk hand in hand." More than 400 participants attended the 2004 Education Conferences, which featured a variety of education sessions custom-tailored for electrical contractors, mechanical contractors, and safety and training professionals.