In the June 2010 issue of Composite Technology (CT), we published a “Composites: Past, Present & Future” column authored by Andre Cocquyt in which he offered his opinion regarding the state of training and education within the composite industry today (see link at right). A reader and long-time leader in the composites industry, Bob Lacovara, was referenced in the story and has objected to two of its assertions.
In the column, Cocquyt asserted that Lacovara is no longer with American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and has “apparently abandoned” its Certified Composites Technician (CCT) educational concept. Lacovara has informed CT that the latter is incorrect and that he has not given up on the educational concept and strongly supports the CCT program as the most successful educational effort in the industry.
The column also stated that Lacovara was “out of a job” and has “signed on” with the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) to develop a custom composites curriculum. Lacovara has informed CT that these statements are inaccurate, that he was not “out of a job,” but instead his departure from ACMA was in conjunction with establishment of Convergent Composites, Lacovara’s current consultancy, as an information resource company. According to Lacovara, IYRS has become a client of Convergent Composites.
CT regrets any statements in the column that may have been inaccurate.
Editor PickThe state of education in the composites trade, part I
Andre Cocquyt (GRPguru, Brunswick, Maine) renews his call to focus composites industry efforts on finishing and financing a comprehensive unitary composites education model at the national level.