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!
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!
Central IN IEC is proud to announce that we have added another Contractor Member to our chapter!
AMPED Electrical Services
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.
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.
With it being a new course year, many are left wondering what the changes are in the National Electrical Code, and what that means for businesses. Well, don’t worry! We’ve teamed with Inpwr to bring you Steven J. Owen, a specialist in the NEC, to educate our members and answer any questions that you may have.
Steven J. Owen is an Electrical Consultant with National Code Seminars. The course is designed to allow active participation in the importance and use of the National Electrical Code and will include;
• how to size conductors for specific applications;
• how to correctly select overcurrent devices;
• how to correctly specify and select raceways;
• how to use the NEC in practical application in the workplace
The cost of this seminar, which will include a continental breakfast and lunch, is only $40 per person (member), or $75 per person (non-member). If you require CEU’s from another state(s) and would like to receive hours for this seminar, you can do so for an additional $150 per state.
To register for the 2017 NEC Code Update please fill out the form in the following link: https://iecindy.wufoo.com/forms/w1s4ygeu1bimlxg/
Registration deadline is Monday, September 11th.
Our Assistant Executive Director opens up about her college experience, and encourages students to look at all of their options in their senior year of high school:
“Working with your hands doesn’t mean falling short of intellectual achievement. It means that at the end of the day, you have a specialized skill set. It means that you have something physical to show for your work. It means that you can walk away saying, “I did this,” and showcase your abilities in a very objective way.”
Maybe you’re just not “college material”
This is it! The end of our Instructor Spotlight Series…. for now. Classes start this Monday, and we’ve got one more teacher to introduce. This gentleman has been instrumental in not only learning our new content management software, but teaching our other instructors as well. He’s constantly looking for ways to improve the program, and challenges each and every one of us to do better. I’m talking, of course, about none other than Blake Behr!
Classes start in less than a week! Can you believe it?! But we’ve still got some time to squeeze in a few more Instructor Spotlights. This week’s instructor is also a graduate from the Apprenticeship Program. But he’s come back to help with one of the most challenging courses, and he does a great job doing it. We’re talking, of course, about none other than Ed Brown!
Happy Tuesday! You know what that means: it’s time for another Teacher Tuesday, featuring one of our instructors here at Central IN IEC. Not only is Ian also a graduate of our Apprenticeship Program, but he actually owns his own business as well! Check out his Facebook page for Indy Wood & Laser Studio, and be sure to see pictures of his work on Instagram. Now, without further ado, let’s meet Ian!