Building Pathways into Building Trades Careers: A Talk with Nicole Schwartz of TradesFutures


March 19, 2024    
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


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815 16th Street NW, Washington D.C., District of Columbia, 20036

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Building Pathways into Building Trades Careers: Apprenticeship Readiness Programs

Tuesday, March 19, 12:00 to 1:30 pm.

In-person – AFL-CIO Building in Washington D.C.
815 16th Street, NW. George Meany room (8th floor).

Join the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (DC LERA) for lunch and a presentation by Nicole Schwartz, Executive Director at Tradesfutures.

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Nicole Schwartz is the Executive Director of TradesFutures. She has ample experience in education and workforce development. Most recently, Schwartz served as North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU’s) Apprenticeship Readiness Program Coordinator, overseeing nearly 200 ARP programs across the U.S. in conjunction with state and local Building and Construction Trades Councils and their partner community organizations.

Prior to her time at TradesFutures, Schwartz spent nearly a decade educating youth as a high school and middle school social studies and Spanish teacher at Milwaukee Public Schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Nicole worked on several initiatives outside the classroom, including Restorative Practices, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, and Potter’s Forest–Ropes and Challenge Course. After moving to DC in 2015, Nicole worked as a Pastry Cook and Urban Farmer before deciding to focus her efforts on workforce development and broadening pathways to family-sustaining careers for all.

Nicole graduated with a BA in International Affairs and Spanish for the Professions from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI 2004. In 2007, Nicole received her Master’s in Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

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