Dr. John Gaal honored with ‘Legacy Award’ at Apprenticeship MO statewide summit

DR. JOHN GAAL (second from left) was honored with the “Legacy Award” at Apprenticeship Missouri 2021 Summit held by the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development (MDHEWD) in Columbia on Nov. 16. Celebrating the recognition with him are (from left) Dr. Marty Leathers, director of workforce development, MDHEWD, (Gaal), Greta Bax, director of MO Works Initiative, AFL-CIO and Jake Hummel, president of the Missouri AFL-CIO. – MDHEWD photo

Dr. John Gaal, a scholar and educator in the workforce space whose work has garnered international attention, was recognized with the inaugural “Legacy Award” Nov. 16 at the Apprenticeship Missouri 2021 Summit, held by the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development in Columbia.

Gaal was the director of workforce and education for the Carpenters union in Missouri and Southern Illinois for three decades. His research and writing has furthered the cause of registered apprenticeship and has received attention locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Gaal is the current president of the International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA), and developed the concept of the Building Union Diversity (BUD) pre-apprenticeship program.

“My Mom and Dad told me I could do one of three things,” Gaal said. “I was going into the military, a trade, or college. I was blessed to have done two of them. Who would have known that I was able to use the geometry and trig I learned in high school in the trades? It wasn’t until my apprenticeship that I was able to connect the dots.”


 

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