Western Oklahoma Electrical JATC SpotLight

Posted by Chad Aleshire - On September 10, 2012 (EST)

We continue our Trailblazer and Innovator SpotLight series this week with a look at the Western Oklahoma Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (WOEJATC). WOEJATC is a joint venture of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) L. U. 1141 and the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

Created in 1945, the Western Oklahoma Electrical JATC offers apprentices a minimum of 900 hours of classroom instruction and 8000 hours of on-the-job training over a four year period. The WOEJATC Web Site states IBEW and NECA teamed to develop the committee to develop and maintain the best trained workforce in the Electrical Industry, offering apprentices the opportunity to earn wages and benefits while learning the skills necessary to be a successful Journeyman Electrician.

The WOEJATC was recognized as a Trailblazer and Innovator program during the August 1 OutEducate OutBuild OutInnovate National Education and Action Summit in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act. WOEJATC was recognized not only for their innovative and successful training strategies, but also for the efforts it makes to recruit youth and under-represented populations, including women and minorities, for electrical industry careers. WOEJATC also is proud of the opportunities they offer to our returning Veterans, which now represent 23% of the apprentices currently in training.

WWOEJATC Training Director Jim Monteith joined Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship, and leadership from throughout the Registered Apprenticeship system for the National Education and Action Summit. Mr. Monteith also accepted the Trailblazer and Innovator Certificate of Recognition.

Mr Monteith spoke on the meaning of being recognized as a Trailblazer and Innovator program. “Being recognized by the Department of Labor, Secretary Solis and her Advisory Committee was an honor, and a testament to the investment and hard work we put into training our apprentices. At the Western Oklahoma Electrical JATC training is the key to our success. he apprenticeship model ensures our current generation of journeyman electricians pass on the knowledge and skills they’ve developed onto our next generation of inside wiremen.”

We encourage you to download and share this 1-Page Program overview for more on the Western Oklahoma Electrical JATC. Also, for more on the apprenticeship opportunities WOEJATC offers, please visit www.woejatc.org/.



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