From staff reports---
Apprentices with UA Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 342 of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties will celebrate their program completions at a ceremonial dinner to be held Saturday night in Concord. These men and women will celebrate the completion of five years of on-the-job and in-the-classroom training via the union's Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee. During their training, the apprentices were paid for their work, meaning they are leaving it with zero debt. These men and women will be some of the next construction workers building homes and office towers in Oakland.
The graduates include those who have trained to be plumbers, refrigerator and HVAC technicians, steamfitters and welders.
The Saturday dinner will take place at the Hilton Concord Hotel and will feature welcome addresses by Steve Apperson, training coordinator for UA Local 342, and Derrick Kualapai, business manager and financial secretary for UA Local 342.
The keynote speaker will be Alex Hall, executive director of Mechanical Contractors Association of Northern California.
Program completion graduates include:
Alex Abeyta, Andrew Fountain, James Moldovan, Curtis Armstrong, Kristofer Hanna, Travis Skaggs, Richard Calagno, Zachary Jakes, **Brian Wolf, Matthew Cardoza and Michael Mahoney.
Refrigeration and HVAC:
Dominic Archuleta, Lawrence Dillon, Ryan Slover, Kenneth Auer, Jarrod Dozier, Benjamin Steiger, Bryan Bartling, Donald Gordon III, John Tesnado, Jacob Butler, Chris Karkazis, Jaime Valdivia, Anthony Caponio, Peter Krunich, Kevin Vegas, Michael Clark, Ryan Mount, Jared Woodfin, William Delong, Jr. and Steven Neville.
William Baylor, Abraham Landa, **Alicia Molder, Ray Daughters, **Kevin Logan, David Rivas, Brian DeCosta, Dustin Luchini, Gilberto Rivera, Nicholaus Foreman, Erwin Mayorga, Luis Carlos Ruiz, **Kenneth Herwat, **Jason Mazala and **Joshua Sorvari.
Raymond Brown III, Craig Huntze, Michael Smith, Damon Buckner, **William Konzak, Jacob Thompson, Aaron Burton, Michael Lucchesi, Cesar Vasquez-Garcia, Rafael Coria, **Gregory Ludden, Shane Wilson, James Dell, Adrian Ortega, Alexander Young, Larry Hatchett and Colby Palmeri.
** Denotes 5 years perfect attendance at related classes.
The Hilton is located at 1970 Diamond Blvd., Concord.