IEC Business Summit 2018

This year's Business Summit will be held in Las Vegas this year! But it won't be all play as we get down to work and make some goals and strategies for the year ahead.

IEC Con 17

Were you able to join us at IEC Con this year? If not, don't worry. Our Assistant Executive Director wrote all about it so you can read about everything you missed. But Convention will be held in Indy next year, so mark your calendars!

Apprentice Takes 3rd Place in Nationwide Competition

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!

Mike Einterz Lien Law Seminar

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This past Friday the 13th, Mike Einterz joined Central IN IEC for a Lien Law Lunch N’ Learn. But although seemingly complex, it wasn’t as scary as the date would have implied!

 

Mike covered a variety of topics such as: 

  • When liens are required on a building: if they were residential, commercial, and how to file bond claims
  • When litigation is necessary and how to avoid it with the correct paperwork to protect the contractor
  • How politics and the economy will effect the job market and the industry 
  • How to target the skills gap
  • Finally, he stressed the need to have lawyers review contracts. Put it in your budget for a few hours for your attorney to review paperwork, because chances are, it will save you money in the long run. 

 

Mike’s audience was very interactive, asking many questions throughout the presentation. Our contractors vary in size and age of inception, but they all came away with a lot of good information to protect their businesses! 

 

Mike has been an asset of the IEC for years, and we appreciate the time he took to be with us Friday. If you’re in need of legal advice or a consultation, be sure to send him an email, or visit his website

 

Thank you Mike! We look forward to working with you even more in the future! 

 

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Contractor Member Provides Disaster Relief

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InPwr has always had a sense of civic duty, and with all of the devastation that has been wrought from the hurricanes, now is no exception. Brian Inskeep, of InPwr, deployed and asked for assistance for a relief team back when Harvey struck, and he’s back at it again. 

 

His team is currently in Puerto Rico, where over 90% of the territory is left without power. Their Disaster Team has deployed once again, and we are so proud that our member is striving to make a difference!

 

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Accelerated Course

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Would you like to begin our Apprenticeship Program but missed the August 21st deadline? Are you ambitious, hard working, and not wanting to wait a whole year to apply? Well you’re in luck because we are providing Central IN IEC’s first-ever Accelerated Program for these individuals!

 

 

Details:

Runs: Dec. 4th, 2017 – May 14th, 2018
Class Date/Times: Monday, 4 pm – 9 pm (22 weeks, 1st year curriculum)
Cost: $1995 or $2495 with books (apprenticeship kit, 2017 code book, calculator)

 

Requirements:

– Valid Driver’s License
– Currently working with an electrical contractor
– High School Diploma or HSE (High School Equivalency)
– Pass Math and Reading Assessment with a 85% or better
– Computer access for online homework and test taking
– Because this is a rigorous, fast-paced course, applicants must have excellent work attendance, above average aptitude, computer knowledge and a strong desire to succeed.

 

Policy:

– Apprentices will only have 1 day (5 hours) available for absences
– Apprentices will only have 1 day (5 hours) available for out of town work
– $500 deposit by November 17th, payment due in full by November 22, 2017 – no refunds after November 22, 2017

 

 

We will need at least 12 apprentices to hold this course. If you are interested, email sherri@iec-indy.org or execdir@iec-indy.org for more details on registration.

 

 

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Central Nine Career Center

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Central Nine Career Center is an area career/technical school dedicated to the development of the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare students for employment in a chosen career and/or furthering their education at a post-secondary institution. 

On September 27th, Central IN IEC was asked to attend their Job and Resource Fair, providing information about the potential for electrical apprenticeship programs, and joined by one of our member contractors! Sherri manned our table to promote constitution trades at Central 9 to adult education students!

 

Thanks to Doug Hayes and IEC grad Andy Hoffman of Maxwell Electric, for helping out!

 

 

 

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Pike High School Career Fair

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Last week, Sept. 28th, Sherri and Devin were asked to attend Pike High School’s Career Speaker Day and Career Fair. They attended the post-secondary and community open house event with over 700 of their graduating seniors. 

 

It was a packed house that morning with many schools and wonderful organizations in attendance, and the students and staff of Pike graciously provided us with ample space per booth, as well as a hot breakfast. Our Executive director and assistant set to work, speaking with students who may not have heard of or considered an Apprenticeship program out of high school. Many had not even considered doing electrical work, but after hearing what our program entailed, job security, and salary, we provided them with enough information to make an educated decision about their future, regardless of what they decide to do! 

 

The fair itself was a blast, and we wish the best of luck to all of the graduating seniors from Pike High School and others in the area. Thank you Pike, for letting us visit and speak with your students! 

 

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IDEAL National Championship

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Over the course of three nights, all of our apprentices had the opportunity to compete for the title of Elite Tradesman. Ideal rep Jeff Coles organized and officiated the events. All students were given an identical wiring project, with the fastest time of all four years winning an all expenses paid trip to Championship Weekend in Lake Buena Vista, Florida!   

It was a fun night out of the norm, and resulted in our very own 3rd year student, Marvin Jones from Astrup, beating out the rest of the competition with a time of 1:07:97. Marvin will be going alongside Donald Riggs, who was last year’s winner, and is invited to pass the torch to the next participant. Great job Marvin, and good luck in Florida!  

 

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Midwest IEC Opens New Location

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Yesterday evening, September 11th, Don Hulsey welcomed politicians, guests, and apprentices to the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Midwest Chapter of IEC. This building allows for more space for classes, and materials to assist students in their new lab. 

 

 

The festivities included an expo for industry partners and other businesses, a cookout, and networking opportunities of all involved. Our Executive Director and Assistant, Sherri and Devin, were in attendance to congratulate the chapter on their expansion. As a nation-wide organization, we share in each other’s successes, and we are so proud of them for their growth and forward-thinking. We know that this new location will benefit countless students in the years to come. 

 

 

Congratulations Midwest!

 

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Central IN IEC Remembers September 11th

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We at Central IN IEC would like to express our sincerest gratitude to all of those who have lost their life for this country. We would also like to express our deepest condolences to all of those who have lost their loved ones to this horrific tragedy. You will always be in our thoughts and prayers. 

 

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