“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.