It may have been a wet one yesterday, but that didn’t “dampen” any of our golfer’s spirits as they lit up the course!
Every year, Central IN IEC hosts a Golf Outing for Member Contractors, Industry Partners, and anyone else who wants to get in on the fun to support a great cause! Our Golf Outing is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and, being a non-profit, all of the proceeds go directly into our Electrical Apprenticeship Program, and all of the facets that make that program possible.
HATS OFF TO OUR GRADS!
This past Friday, we got to celebrate our graduating 4th year apprentices as they complete our program. These gentlemen have completed their 576 classroom hours, 8,000 On the Job Training Hours, have high-paying jobs and NO DEBT!
Congrats to the class of 2018!
Registration begins on June 11th – July 31st! Fill out our application, then give us a call to schedule an appointment to finish the registration process!
“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.