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!

Trump’s Apprenticeship Order: What is it and what does it mean for you?

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It’s been about a month since President Trump signed the Presidential Executive Order Expanding Apprenticeships in America, and we have waited patiently for more details to come out on some of the more vague points made throughout. However, it left many of us with unresolved questions such as what exactly the order was, what it means, and how it affects you. 

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Instructor Spotlight: Mike Shockley

 

 

With registration for the 17-18 Apprenticeship Program well under way, we wanted to introduce you to the men that will be taking on the task of being your instructors! Here at IEC, we truly are a family, and we want you to be as comfortable as possible on your first day of class. What better way to do that than to get to know your instructor a little better ahead of time? Now, without further ado, we have…..

 

Mike Shockley

 

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Neighborlink Volunteer Project

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It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare. 

Back in mid-November, an elderly man returns from the hospital. He has renal failure, a condition that, if left untreated, can lead to toxicity of the blood, a need for transplant, or even death. He returns home from his treatment to find that his house had caught fire:

It was an enormous loss.

The fire department put the fire out but left a hole in the roof and damaged the back wall.  Drywall was severely damaged in several rooms. Smoke and water damage was rampant throughout the home. The structure was left in unlivable conditions.

After this tragedy, his wife and family had no where else to turn to but a loaned RV that sat across the street from the dilapidated house. It had heat, but no water, making for miserable living conditions. There was no insurance on the home, and there were little meaningful financial resources for the family to fall back on. The wife was working desperately to get the home repaired so her family could return to it, but with little luck. 

That was when the local community came together.

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National SkillsUSA 2017

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This year’s SkillsUSA concluded yesterday afternoon after a fulfilling, week-long competition across all aspects of trade and education. Central Indiana IEC executives, Sherri Puckett and Devin Machowiak, hit the road bright and early to make their way to the Louisville Kentucky Exposition Center, where nationals was to be hosted. If you’ve never been there, the Kentucky Exposition Center is a monstrous, sprawling building that had four massive expo halls and a stadium, every inch of which was packed with arenas for the different competitions taking place, and the halls were littered with vendors providing food and beverages for spectators. It was definitely a place to wear your walking shoes: to get from one hall to another was about a ten minute walk. 

 

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IEC Graduation 2017

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This time of year is always a special period for individuals around the country. Here, all of their hard work is showcased for their friends, family, and employers. The hours spent in class, studying, researching, and working on the job have all lead up to this moment when they finally walk across that stage and receive their certificate from Central Indiana IEC and the Department of Labor, commemorating their accomplishment. Graduation season stretches across these few months depending on the chapter, but we had the opportunity to honor our graduates last Friday, June 9th, 2017.

 

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Golf Outing 2017

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Thank you to everyone who came out and/or sponsored our Golf Outing! The morning started off dreary and worrisome, but it turned into a beautiful day for our members! 

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2017 Indiana State SkillsUSA

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Central Indiana IEC had the privilege of being asked to chair and judge 3 competitions at this years Indiana State SkillsUSA competitions which included Electrical Wiring, Teamworks and Industrial Motor Controls.  Judges included instructor Jim Meyer, apprentices James Schatz, David Mayo, Jacob Yonts, Shawn Rodriguez and Midwest IEC President, Don Hulsey.  We wish all competitors Good Luck at the National Competitions t

o be held in Louisville, KY June 19-23, 2017

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Golf Outing August 2016

Thanks to everyone who came out for the 2016 golf outing!

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City cites unlicensed contractors in sweep

Hiring an unlicensed contractor can result in a wallop to the wallet for what too often is shoddy work or even damage to your property.

This time, however, it was the contractors who paid the price.

Indianapolis code enforcement and police officers cited unlicensed contractors Saturday as part of an effort aimed at protecting homeowners.

Authorities had posted ads on sites such as Craigslist listing jobs for contract work. Those who responded were checked through the department’s licensing database. And those who were not licensed? They were invited to come to a home on the 1200 block of Talbot Street — the “bait” home.

James Hercamp of Indianapolis was one of those people.

Hercamp said he was set up. When he arrived at the home, code enforcement officials walked him through the house and asked him about repairs that required permits. And then they introduced him to the police.

He was given a $250 fine and encouraged not to take any more contract jobs until he obtained a license.

Individuals and organizations engaged in contract work in Indianapolis are required to obtain licensing in either general, electrical, heating and cooling, or wrecking from the Department of Code Enforcement. Plumbing contractors are licensed through the state.

The requirements for contract work and licensing are available on the city’s website. The most expensive license is $247 — just less than the fine. The website also lists licensed contractors.

Hercamp said his insurance company told him he didn’t need a license to do general contract work. Besides, he said a license shouldn’t be required.

“It’s a moneymaker for the state. It’s pitiful,” Hercamp said. “An honest man doesn’t stand a chance in this day and age.”

Dimitri Kyser, communications coordinator for the department of code enforcement, said an unlicensed contractor is a risk for all parties involved. He said targeting unlicensed contractors is a way to “proactively abate nuisance activity.”

“You are deliberately not taking steps to show that you can do quality work, which affects the inhabitants of a structure,” Kyser said. “It shows that you are possibly willing to cut corners, or do something that’s going to endanger the safety and the lives of the public and those living in the property.”

In addition to the “bait” home, Kyser said inspectors also checked various addresses Saturday where they suspected unlicensed contractors were doing work. Kyser said the city will provide a specific number of those cited Saturday on Monday.

Jack Gilpin, of Indianapolis, who also was fined at the “bait” home Saturday, said, he, too, had been informed by his insurance company that he didn’t need a license to do general contract work.

Now that he knows, he said he will apply for a license with the city so he can get back to work. He also has this bit of advice for contractors: Ask more than one source about what’s required.

“It’s a little humiliating about how it went down and extremely humiliating that I thought I was up and legit,” he said. “Come to find out I’m not.”

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