The ATI Faculty

The Accelerated Training Institute retains instructors who possess academic, experiential and/or professional qualifications to teach, including a minimum of three years of journey-level or greater experience, trade education, training, certifications and/or licensure according to their trade.

Gene Karas

Mr. Karas has more than 40 years designing and teaching industrial education in high school blended trade curriculums involving core trade skills in the construction industry, carpentry, electrical, plumbing and other trades. Gene earned a Master’s degree in industrial education.

Gene Burch

Mr. Burch is a retired second-generation licensed plumber with more than 52 years’ experience in the plumbing, heating and cooling industry and a business now run by his sons. Gene has also been teaching all aspects of the plumbing trade since 1969; and currently also teaches at a high school. He is certified by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) to teach plumbing and a blended curriculum in construction technology.

Mark Elola

Mr. Elola has more than 36 years’ experience in the electrical trade working as a licensed electrical contractor, college instructor, private consultant, senior electrical project engineer and electrical systems engineer. His passion is teaching the electrical trade. In addition to his electrical degree, Mr. Elola also earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering.

Darrell Holland

In the gun manufacturing industry, Mr. Holland is a renowned master machinist and innovative gun and gun parts manufacturer (requiring advanced machining techniques) in the industry including a complete line of Remington products featured in Brownell’s. Darrell has taught machining for more than 15 years.

Robert Rizzetto

Mr. Rizzetto has more than 37 years’ experience in the welding trade and is a credentialed welding instructor and certified welding inspector. He currently teaches postsecondary school and is a certified welding inspector on large public works projects as well as small. 

Bill Woolman

Mr. Woolman is currently a postsecondary instructor and licensed and certified professional locksmith with more than 20 years’ experience in the trade.