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.
IEC made the news nationwide last week!
The Department of Labor featured our Apprentice of the Year Competition in their blog.
Check out the full article here.
We just drew names for our Facebook Giveaway!
Check your notifications to see if you won! Winners are tagged in the original post.
Thank you and good luck!
It’s that time of year again! Central IN IEC will participate in a Christmas collection drive! From now until Tuesday, December 19th, we will be collecting WISH LIST items for our local Ronald McDonald House.
RMH has specific items on their Wish List so please consult the list for requested items and avoid items they cannot accept or do not need.
Items can be dropped off at the IEC training facility between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:30 pm Monday through Friday. The staff at IEC will deliver to RMH the week before Christmas.
Congratulations to our very own third year student Donny Riggs of Re-Volt Electrical Solutions!
This past weekend he competed in Lake Buena Vista for the IDEAL National Championship. Due to his success last year, he was invited back and dominated the competition, coming in third overall for the entire country!
Congrats Donny, and thank you for continuing to represent Central IN IEC!