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IBEW Local Union 26 Minority Coalition

Partnership with DCHD Reaches 7 Years and 668 Pro Bono Hours

On Saturday, June 17th, 21 members of IBEW Local Union 26 participated in the 7th Community Service Project at the Stoddert Terrace Housing Complex located at 155 Ridge Road, S.E., Washington, D.C.   What started out years ago as a way to give back to the community has grown into a solid partnership with the District of Columbia Housing Department (DCHD). This partnership, spear-headed by the Local 26 Minority Coalition (LU26MC) leadership has yielded over 668 pro bono hours for DCHD. Overall it is a great humanitarian effort that benefits all parties – DC gets donated labor, the residents get updated lighting, light switches and receptacles and Local 26 gives back, improving the community where its members live and work.

Electrical Alliance Continues its Support of SkillsUSA

By Mike Miller, JATC Assistant Director

This year, 27 participants competed in the SkillsUSA residential wiring competition in our area. Fifteen competed in Virginia at the Blue Ridge Technical Center and 12 participants competed at Southern Maryland’s North Point High School. Several JATC instructors acted as judges for the competition.

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Arlington Generator Empowers the Homeless

When Arlington County, Virginia, decided to open its first year-round homeless shelter, it bought an office building in the heart of its rapidly growing urban core. Part of an effort to end chronic homelessness, the shelter was intended to provide job training, health, and mental health services as well as a place to live, off the streets, in the warmer months. Yet the building needed repair.

Maryland and Virginia High Schools Receive Support from Workforce Training Program

Today, the electrical construction industry faces two significant challenges, addressing shortages of skilled crafts labor and assuring that today’s electricians have the in-depth training required to install and maintain increasingly complex electrical systems.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 26 (IBEW) and the Washington, DC Chapter of National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) working cooperatively through the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC), invest over $8 million every year in the Washington, D.C. area preparing the next generation of skilled electricians, and providing experienced electricians with on-going training in the latest construction techniques and technologies.

Electrical Alliance Contractor Mona Electric Teams Up With IBEW Local 26 For Food Drive

This holiday season the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 26 worked with Mona Electric to donate to Loretta and Mary’s Pantry as it held its annual food drive at Giant in La Plata, MD.

IBEW Local 26 worked throughout the year to get donations from its members for the food drive. By the end of the year it had collected approximately 10,000 pounds of nonperishable items to donate to the pantry.

Mona Electric worked with IBEW Local 26 to deliver all the donations of food to Loretta and Mary’s Pantry during the week of Christmas.

IBEW Local 26 Teams up with Edison Academy

A partnership between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 26 and the Edison Academy Electrical Construction and Engineering (ECE) program was signed recently in an effort to help provide students with resources and career experiences.

The program hopes to prepare students for successful and rewarding careers in the electrical field. IBEW Local 26 donated $10,000 in materials and resources for the electrical classroom at Edison Academy allowing students to practice and perfect their skills.

Ramiro “Butch” Ramos, president of Local 26, visited the Academy on October 6, 2014 along with Michael Mock, Electrical Alliance vice president for industry development and Kevin Burton, assistant director for the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) to discuss the agreement.

JATC Shows Off New Upgrades

Electrical Apprentices Train on the Latest Energy-Saving Equipment

On February 28th, the JATC hosted several members of the Washington, DC commercial construction industry for a tour of the JATC that included its latest energy efficient upgrades. JATC Assistant Director Ralph Neidert conducted the tour. Neidert, a master electrician in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, was also the first to become certified and conduct training for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment in the DC area.

Educating the Community About the Electrical Industry

The Electrical Alliance to Sponsor Instructive Activities at National Building Museum’s Big Build on September 21st

The Electrical Alliance and its Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) know that in order to build a strong community, you must contribute to it. This is why they are sponsoring activities at Big Build 2013.

The National Building Museum’s Big Build is a hands-on family festival that attracts more than 4,500 visitors annually and provides the opportunity for children to work alongside experienced artisans and craftsmen as they demonstrate skills. It introduces youth to a wide range of respected professions with interactive demonstrations, games, and activities, while educating them on the built environment.