Nancy Hedrick’s journey provides a great example of the opportunities and increased pay a woman can achieve through Registered Apprenticeship. An apprentice with the Western Farmer’s Electric Cooperative (WFEC), Nancy has worked her way up and taken advantage of the opportunities her work ethic and can-do attitude have earned her…an apprenticeship opportunity in the fast-growing energy industry. Read more here.
The 2012 Municipal Lineworkers’ Rodeo in Edmond, Oklahoma is a great opportunity for Lineworkers to compete to show their skills and knowledge through a series of events. See how the Journeymen and Apprentices faired in this year's skills Rodeo.
The Western Oklahoma Electrical JATC (WOEJATC) is a joint effort between the IBEW LU 1141 and the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, Inc. It's a model education partnership which produces many of the best-trained electrical apprentices and journeymen in the state. All of the $860,000 annually spent on the Registered Apprenticeship program is privately funded.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) and the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) have released a joint publication, Thriving in Challenging Times: Connecting Education to Economic Development Through Career Pathways. This resource highlights successful career pathway models that create relevant, challenging learning environments for students and are designed to increase American employers' access to highly-skilled, qualified workers. Thriving in Challenging Times profiles 17 local and two statewide career pathways programs in multiple industry sectors, documenting the challenges, strategies, results, and business engagement each partnership has experienced.
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) was granted $5 million in National Emergency Grant (NEG) funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to train workers facing long-term unemployment. Through the funding eight workforce development boards will implement or expand on-the-job training, registered apprenticeships and existing partnerships with employers in high-growth fields to train workers in bioscience, defense, nanotechnology, manufacturing and renewable energy industry jobs. Click the View Page Now button to the right to read the full article.
U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez visited Tampa Electric's electrical lineman training facility last week and after meeting, and speaking to one of the Company’s apprentices, spoke on the opportunities Apprenticeship holds not only for Tampa, but also the nation. Read more here.
The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC), created over 68 years ago, has developed into possibly the largest electrical apprenticeship and training program of its kind. Rick Purper, the director of the NJATC for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in Southern California, recently sat down with Sean Reynolds of Energy Independence Magazine to discuss the goals and merits of the program, and why, in his opinion, the NJATC does a good job of training skilled workers for the future of the Inland Empire.
Throughout its nearly 93-year history, The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding has continued to expand course offerings, increase access to education, and offer apprenticeships in emerging fields, leading to careers with job security and the potential for advancement.
ACA member Daniel Villao's new book, "Beyond Green Jobs: Building Lasting Opportunities in Energy Efficiency", is now available in hard cover and as a free download. This link points to the downloadable version.
This is a brief article describing a new apprenticeship at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC).
Working Poor Families Project issues a Summer 2011 policy brief, which states that Registered Apprenticeship is, “ripe for a rebirth as the nation’s premier pathway to higher education and sustainable careers across a wide range of industries, work settings, and geographic regions.”
Education through apprenticeship makes a cameo appearance in this article about Wisconsin electrical workers installing photovoltaic panels.
Edison International has invested another $1 million in its innovative Green Jobs Education Initiative for green education and job training at California community colleges. The company has provided a total of $2 million for the program within the last 12 months.
An interesting article about apprenticeships in Y-12, the code name for the portion of the World War II-era Manhattan Project that dealt with enriching uranium. The author states: “If you have experiences from your Y-12 apprenticeship to share, please contact me and help document the history of apprenticeships at Y-12.”
To lead in the accelerating green economy, America needs millions of new skilled workers for jobs in renewable energy, energy efficiency, green building and sustainability. To meet this demand, America's community colleges are joining the first nationwide initiative to collaborate on and implement programs to train students with the education and skills needed to succeed.
From Baltic to Buffalo, South Dakotans are using apprenticeship programs to become electricians, bricklayers and boiler operators, or to pursue dozens of other careers.
Check out what Laura Ginsburg has to share about Day 2 of the Boston Action Clinic- lots of collaboration going on in South Carolina, Michigan and Texas.
The Department of Energy today announced a series of public events to exchange information on the development of offshore wind energy in the United States.
Joe Salimando has compiled a list of articles on 'what’s up with NECA & IBEW' on the alternative energy energy efficiency fronts. There are 360 local metro areas in the United States, served by 120 NECA chapters and 280 IBEW local unions. Not to mention all of the JATCs! Check it out!