“High schools gauge their success on how many students go to college, and I don’t think that’s a good gauge of success. I would gauge success on how well they’re able to provide for themselves and their family. If it’s going to college, so be it, but why aren’t the trades a bigger option?”
Ryan Myers of National Construction Workforce (NCW) is the youngest member on IEC’s board of directors. Because of this, and working at a staffing agency, he brings a fresh perspective to the electrical field and to the organization. His experience in high school and college are more relevant now ever.
“80-90% of my high school went to college,” he continued. “I wish I would have taken a couple of years and worked in the field, and then, if I still wanted to go to college, I would’ve.” Myers received his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Butler, but discussed the impact of student loans and wonders how things would be different if he had known about the opportunities to get into the trades when he was younger.
Because of his experience and his age, he feels that he has an advantage when speaking to high school students and younger members of the workforce.
This past Thursday, the Central IN IEC chapter had the opportunity to have their annual “State of the Chapter” Meeting.
This was a wonderful chance to get contractor members up-to-date on everything going on in the chapter: from finances, to outreach, the apprenticeship program, and the upcoming National Convention, there was no shortage of topics to be discussed! We even had a presentation on Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Jobs Initiative, presented by Kelly Hale of Somerset CPAs.
It wasn’t all work, however. There was plenty of time to socialize with old friends and catch up with one another. And at the end, contractors in attendance were given plaques as a symbol of gratitude for their membership. We say again and again, IEC is a family, and it’s never more apparent than when we all get to sit down together for a good meal.
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Nestled in the round-about loop that is Technology Lane in Fishers, IN, sits one of IEC’s longest-standing members. Kinder Electric is now closing in on their 33rd year anniversary, having been founded on May 30th, 1985 in David Kinder’s garage.
It’s that time of year again: this past Saturday was the State Competition for SkillsUSA. For those of you who don’t know, Skills “empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.”
Last week in our nation’s capital, chapter staff and contractor members from all over the country met to discuss current legislature in a multitude of arenas. Some topics were promoting things that will help all of the skilled trades, some topics were to oppose institutions that hurt the merit shop philosophy, and some discussion involved gratitude for our representatives standing up for what we believe in as an industry. But at the end of the day, everyone (especially your Assistant Executive Director), walked away with a much greater understanding of what is going on in the Capitol Building, and what that means for our members.
This week, Sherri and I (Executive and Assistant Executive Directors) hit the road to meet with one of Central IN IEC’s Industry Partners, ALLIED Wholesale Electrical Supply.
“What will it take for you to walk away from this conference thinking that it was a good investment of your time and resources?” Lowell asked me. Lowell was going to be our facilitator the next day, and was getting a feel for the people in the room and what they were looking for.
I pondered for a second. We were sitting in the lobby of the hotel: the reception had long since finished, but many of us were still mingling and chatting. “I would think this was a good investment if….” I said slowly, trying to gather my thoughts into one all-encompassing statement. “If I walked away knowing how to show more value to our current contractors, and could use that strategy to show prospects why they should be a member of Independent Electrical Contractors.”
Lowell may have asked me that question for his own purposes, but I didn’t realize until that moment that I needed to be asked why I was there. What was I looking for? What was I hoping to accomplish. Being asked that question gave me the opportunity to reflect and set an intention for the next two days.
At Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. – IEC ‘s Membership Summit, we talked about the importance of our members – no matter their size, when they were established, or where they’re from.
Because we know that our members are what makes us great.
Helene Wood Webster of IEC Texas Gulf Coast demonstrated this by presenting our brand new chapter, IEC Big Bend, travel expenses for this conference, so they have the opportunity to learn and grow to make their chapter the best it can be.
Not only are we learning to create and offer value for our contractor members, but we’re always learning ways to help out our chapter members as well.
Central Indiana IEC hosted matches for a day to learn about trade apprenticeships. Assistant Executive, Devin Noyes, lead a discussion with Bigs and Littles about what apprenticeships are, and how they are a viable option for a rewarding, life-long career.
Following this was David Kurtz of Apex Electric, who shared his experience as an electrician. He spoke of his favorite memories, how he got started, and what he looks for in new employees. He then did a shocking demonstration, putting a live lightbulb in a tank of water! The students were surprised to see he wasn’t hurt, which drove Dave’s point home: it’s one thing to do the work, but it’s another to know why it’s done that way, and what makes it possible.
Finally, third year instructor Ryan Noyes lead the matches in an activity. Matches were given a blueprint of a house on a foam board and were walked through the process of creating series and parallel circuits to light the interior of their home!
Thank you so much to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central IN for working with us to put this workshop on! We had a blast and hope to do it again soon! #BeBig #BBBSCI #BuildTheFuture#WeAreIEC💡🔌📈