Charge up your career: by partnering with the local school district and its Minority Teacher Incentive Program, a union chapter is increasing awareness for all students of career opportunities as electricians.As one of approximately 120 chapters throughout the country, the Quad Cities
The Quad Cities are a group of cities which flank the Mississippi River in Iowa and Illinois in the midwestern United States. Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA NECA National Electrical Contractors Association
NECA National Exchange Carrier Association
NECA National Electrical and Communications Association (Australia)
NECA National Electricity Code Administrator (Australia) ) has been representing the management interests of electrical contractors in western Illinois and eastern Iowa since 1930. During that time, education and training have always been a top priority. And while union apprentices start their training at some point after receiving their high school diploma A high school diploma is a diploma awarded for the completion of high school. In the United States and Canada, it is considered the minimum education required for government jobs and higher education. An equivalent is the GED. or GED GED
1. general equivalency diploma
2. general educational development
GED (US) n abbr (Scol) (= general educational development) → , it is never too early to educate people about future careers as electricians. A program begun in 2004 and continuing this year is doing just that.
Quad Cities NECA believes that the electrical contracting field offers great opportunities for all students, and that is why the organization, working with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is a labor union which represents workers in the electrical industry in the United States and Canada, particularly electricians, or Inside Wiremen, in the construction industry and linemen and other employees of public (IBEW IBEW n abbr (US) (= International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) → sindicato internacional de electricistas
IBEW n abbr (US) (= International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers ), has partnered with the Minority Teacher Incentive Program (MTIP MTIP Maintenance Training Improvement Program
MTIP Medium Term Implementation Plan
MTIP Medium Term Infrastructure Plan
MTIP Multiple-Tenant Income Property (real estate)
MTIP Magnetic Tip On ) of the Rock Island-Milan Public Schools to share career information with Quad City elementary, junior high and high school classes.
Nearly 7,000 students attend the Rock Island-Milan District's schools, where community partnerships are fostered through programs such as the Adopt-A-School program. In this program, a school is paired with an organization to help "in whatever capacity is appropriate for that school."
The district's MTIP has a goal of bringing more minorities into the teaching force, but it also works toward other goals, such as encouraging minority students to think about college, job training and careers.
In addition to ensuring that the community has a skilled workforce to provide quality electrical work, Quad Cities NECA believes that informing young people about potential careers also benefits the community, so that is a goal that aligns well with the goals of MTIP.
Teaching people skills that will keep them employed for a lifetime will help reduce unemployment rates in years to come, so at the Quad City Electrical Training Center, we work to ensure that NECA-IBEW electricians in the Quad City area are highly trained professionals. Our apprenticeships can lead to promising, well-paid careers for people who like to work with their hands, plus, our graduates receive 55 college credits from the American Council on Education Established in 1918, the American Council on Education (ACE) is a United States organization comprising over 1,800 accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities and higher education-related associations, organizations, and corporations. , which they can apply to an associate's degree as·so·ci·ate's degree
An academic degree conferred by a two-year college after the prescribed course of study has been successfully completed. in applied science.
It takes more than just technical skills to be a good electrician. Strong math skills in particular can help potential electricians to succeed, so we look for individuals, men and women alike, who have passed algebra--and it is an added plus if they have also taken geometry. Applicants who took shop courses improve their chances of being accepted into the program.
The selection process is highly competitive. Each year, the apprenticeship program receives more than 300 applicants, but only about 10 percent are chosen.
A Lifetime Career
Last year, when I was asked to provide a speaker for MTIP, I called on Ornar Hunigan, who has been a journeyman electrician for three years and currently works for Tri-City Electric. Omar's father, Howard, used to be assistant superintendent Assistant Superintendent, or Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), was a rank used by police forces in the British Empire. It was usually the lowest rank that could be held by a European officer, most of whom joined the police at this rank. of Davenport Davenport, city (1990 pop. 95,333), seat of Scott co., E central Iowa, on the Mississippi River; inc. 1836. Bridges connect it with the Illinois cities of Rock Island and Moline; the three communities and neighboring Bettendorf, Iowa, are known as the Quad Cities. Schools, so education has always been a part of his family.
Hunigan enjoyed interacting with students so much in 2004 that he agreed to do it again in 2005. Although his audience the previous year was high school students, at the April 2005 MTIP Career Day, Hunigan made his presentation to fifth- and sixth-graders, discussing his career, answering their questions and showing them the tools of his trade.
Always ah excellent student at science and math in his early years, Hunigan enjoyed tinkering tin·ker
1. A traveling mender of metal household utensils.
2. Chiefly British A member of any of various traditionally itinerant groups of people living especially in Scotland and Ireland; a traveler.
3. with radios to see how they worked. Later, he studied international business and industrial engineering at the University of North Carolina North Carolina, state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N). Facts and Figures
Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km). Pop. , Greensboro, but in the end, his love of working with his hands led him to a challenging, rewarding career as an electrician.
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1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Hunigan, the question students ask most often is, "'How much do you make?"
He says, "I tell them, a first-year journeyman working a 40-hour week stands to make $45,000 to $50,000 a year, with the opportunity to make more. They also ask if I've ever been shocked. I tell them, yes, but it wasn't life threatening."
He credits his training with helping him know how to work around electricity safely and adds, "Union electricians receive continuing education continuing education: see adult education.
or adult education
Any form of learning provided for adults. In the U.S. the University of Wisconsin was the first academic institution to offer such programs (1904). through their careers, so they can keep up with developments in the field, including updated safety information."
Those in the field, such as Hunigan, who recognize that continued education not only ensures safety in the workplace but also increases earning potential, reinforce the message of lifelong learning Lifelong learning is the concept that "It's never too soon or too late for learning", a philosophy that has taken root in a whole host of different organisations. Lifelong learning is attitudinal; that one can and should be open to new ideas, decisions, skills or behaviors. that is emphasized in today's career and technical education programs.
"I'm blessed to have work experience in a lot of different areas," he says. "In my line of work, the more you know, the more marketable you are. And it's a field where you can learn something different every day, both on-the-job and through the union's educational opportunities."
Another experienced electrician I call upon for presentations is Cassandra "Cassie" Jones, who developed her interest in electronics back in high school.
"I like knowing what makes things work," Jones says. "When I'm finished with a project, it feels good to see the lights come on or hear the motor start running. It gives me a real sense of achievement."
Jones became an apprentice at age 21, during her college years. She even put her college education on hold to pursue her apprenticeship.
"I was going to school for electronics," she explains, "when I saw a note on a bulletin board about electrician apprenticeships. I checked it out and decided to enter the program."
She later completed her apprenticeship training and also received her degree in electronics at Blackhawk College in Moline, Illinois Moline is a city located in Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. Moline's population is 43,768, as of the 2000 census.
Moline is one of the Quad Cities, along with neighboring Rock Island and the Iowa cities of Davenport and Bettendorf. . The apprenticeship was a real change for her, but an enjoyable one.
"It turned out to be a great trade for me," notes Jones. "I've worked on a lot of different projects, and that keeps it interesting."
When Jones gives a presentation, she sometimes brings a circuit board with a dimmer switch dimmer dimmer switch n (Elec) → Dimmer m;
(US) (Aut) → Abblendschalter m and lets the students do a little elementary wiring.
"It's completely safe," she explains, "and the kids get a kick out of it. I also may bring in samples of cable, so they can see how heavy industrial electrical cable can get. A one-foot piece can weight 10 or 15 pounds."
Jones has taken on other educational duties for NECA-IBEW. "I've taught safety classes and first-aid/CPR training for the apprentices and journeymen," she says.
We all take pride in Hunigan and Jones for their achievements, because they represent the best qualities of all our union apprentices and journeymen. They offer the Quad Cities an unmatched combination of expertise, enthusiasm and community spirit.
It is important to work with the school system and with programs such as the MTIP to tell success stories such as those of Hunigan and Jones.
"We want young people to know about the great opportunities our field holds for them," says Steven B. Chesley, executive manager of the Quad Cities NECA. "We hope the students we talk to today will become our colleagues, years down the road."
Paul Lartz is the training director at the Quad City Electrical Training Center. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.