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DC Council Member Tours JATC

DC Council-member Elissa Silverman toured the NECA-IBEW electrical apprenticeship training facility in Lanham, Maryland on August 28th, as a guest of the Alliance.  In addition to learning about the technological aspects inherent in the various disciplines within construction, Ms. Silverman discussed with ACE representatives the challenges involved in recruiting and training people for careers in construction.

DC Council Member Silverman on tour of facility

Smart Innovations Continue to Enhance Buildings and Cities

The energy industry is anything but stagnant. And that keeps contractors on their toes when it comes to understanding the possibilities available in electrical construction.

The Electrical Alliance is a critical resource for general contractors seeking information on hot topics, such as energy efficiency and resiliency. We’ve curated some of the latest news and trends we’re keeping tabs on locally and nationally to make buildings and cities smarter so that you can stay current too: 

174 Graduate From Washington, D.C. Area Electrical Apprenticeship Program

2018 electrical apprenticeship graduates will take their place in high-paying careers within the construction industry as Journeyman electricians.

The Joint Apprenticeship Training Program (JATC), the Washington, D.C. Chapter of NECA and IBEW Local 26  celebrated 174 individuals who graduated to journeyman wireman and technician statuses at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD on Saturday, June 2.

The JATC Celebrated National Apprenticeship Week

The U.S. Department of Labor established National Apprenticeship Week three years ago as a “National Celebration that offers leaders in business, labor, education and other critical partners a chance to express their support for Apprenticeship”. It gives apprenticeship sponsors, like the Electrical Alliance’s Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) the opportunity to showcase their programs, facilities and apprentices. The week of events shows the value of apprenticeship in preparing a highly-skilled workforce to meet employers’ needs.

Men shake hands on stage

IBEW Local 26 Celebrates 125 Years

Near the end of 19th century a group of skilled electricians chartered the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 26 in Washington, D.C. Since 1892, thousands of journeyman electricians have been trained by the union and have worked on countless projects around our region—from remodeling the White House in 1902 to rebuilding the Pentagon after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Group of Volunteers

20 Volunteers Perform Electrical Work in D.C.’s Lincoln Heights Housing Development

On Saturday, August 19th approximately twenty volunteers–members of Electricians’ Local 26, who are also members of the Local 26 Minority Coalition and employees of the District of Columbia Housing Authority—gathered in the Lincoln Heights Housing Development, for the seventh joint community services project between Local Union 26 IBEW (LU26IBEW) and the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA).