District Council 77/Local Union 1756 (New Ellenton, South Carolina) member Kristie Green was recently recognized as the DC 77 Apprentice of the Year. Sister Green has a long history with the Savannah River Site. She began as part of the janitorial staff, then moved to Food Services, where she oversaw the operations of site cafeterias and managed 15 employees, and has spent the last three years as a painter apprentice. She has since successfully completed her training and graduated as the newest journey worker for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) Project Management and Construction Services (PMCS).
Green’s training was organized through the LU 1756 and DC 77 Finishing Trades Institute. As a result of her hard work and dedication while learning her craft, Kristie was also recently awarded the title of Local 1756 Apprentice of the Year.
PMCS Civil Superintendent Bobby Hill helped Kristie discover a new route to employment. “I was at a transition in my life, and contacted Bobby, seeking any opportunities within his group,” said Green. “That’s when he introduced me to the Apprenticeship Program and I was hooked.”
As a journey worker, Kristie is certified to perform painting duties in five states, including Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. As a skilled union worker, there are opportunities at major projects like Plant Vogtle, Parsons, MOX, and Savannah River Remediation (SRR). Kristie’s entire employment with the craft has been at SRNS, which is also a testament to the excellent supervision and development she has received while working for PMCS.
“I hope that this program will appeal to our younger generation,” said Green. “College isn’t the only route in life. An apprenticeship can be an exciting journey for anyone who is looking for an opportunity to explore, travel, or just learn a new trade.”
Not to say there isn’t sacrifice. Studying as an apprentice requires a 40-hour work, plus hands-on classroom experience on the weekends, which she completed with perfect attendance.
“So far, the most interesting job I’ve done during my apprenticeship was the renovation for the SRNL truck well,” said Green. “We had to pressure wash, prep, and tape the walls, ceiling, and overhead crane. We used a JLG (boom) lift and scaffolding to access the area. Then we prepped and painted the floor using a new product called Rexthane, and applied safety highlighting colors.”
Congratulations on a job well done, Sister Green!