Recognitions and Celebrations

The Office of Apprenticeship is proud to recognize and celebrate the wide range of diversity in our apprenticeship workforce throughout the year. Our calendar below features unique celebratory heritage months, important legislative milestones, as well as celebratory days that highlight talents in different industries and occupations. The many facets of diversity - race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, and religion, to name a few - contribute to our vibrant, talented, and innovative American workforce.

  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Month

    Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have played an integral role in American history since the first immigrants arrived in the U.S following the California Gold Rush. In 1978, Congress assisted in originating the month of celebration. Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.

    National Military Appreciation Month

    In 1999, Congress designated the month of May as National Military Appreciation Month, including in the text of the declaration that May was to be a “symbol of unity, to honor the current and former members of the Armed Forces, including those who have died in the pursuit of freedom and peace.” Every year the president signs a proclamation making it official, and that kicks off a month of gratitude for the men and women who have served in uniform over the years. OA is proud to support transitioning service members and veterans. Visit our Service Member and Veterans page to learn more.

    Jewish Heritage Month

    Each year in May in recognition of the contributions of the American Jewish community to our country’s history and society, the Unites States celebrates Jewish Heritage Month. The month of May was selected as a result of the very successful celebration of the 350th Anniversary of American Jewish History in May 2004.

    Mental Health Awareness Month

    Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness, or at least having a relationship with an affected individual. During May, the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) joins the national crusade to raise awareness and promote resources around mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

    National Skilled Trades Day (May 4)