Press Release
by IUPAT 82

Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest Welcomes New President

Christine Storms, who most recently served as associate dean of continuing education and customized training at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, has been named president of the Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest. She began her duties June 12.

“This facility is amazing, and I look forward to working with the instructors and the leadership of the Finishing Trades Institute to continue building on its reputation for providing training that keeps workers on the leading edge in the trades,” says Storms, who grew up in Hopkins, Minnesota. Storms succeeds Patrick Rome, who led the FTIUM for the past nine years and will continue as a consultant to the board of directors.

Storms’ previous experience includes a decade as owner of CAS Mechanical, an HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) company in St. Paul. She also held a number of posts with Globe University, including dean of faculty and dean of education. Storms holds a bachelor’s degree from Metro State University and an MBA from Grand Canyon University.

“Christine comes to the Finishing Trades Institute with a blend of academic and industry experience that will help her advance our goals,” said Terry Nelson, BM/ST of District Council 82 and co-chair of the FTIUM. He noted that the FTIUM is recognized nationally as a leader in training, acknowledging the vital role that Patrick Rome played in the FTIUM’s gaining accreditation by the Office of Occupational Education.

“There’s so much potential for students who complete training in the finishing trades, and being able to earn while you learn is a real advantage,” says Storms. “With the ability to earn an associate degree through the FTIUM, the training provides a chance to be a college graduate and opens the door to opportunities for further education and advancement in the industry.” She added that educating high school counselors and parents about the finishing trades and what those careers can provide is an important avenue for increasing enrollment in the FTIUM.

“The best part about teaching or working in education is the students,” says Storms, “especially when they come back after graduating and thank you for preparing them for success on the job.” She looks forward to adding her experience as an educator and a former business owner in her role at the FTIUM.