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The Electrical Alliance Supports SkillsUSA

The Electrical Alliance has been a long-term supporter of SkillsUSA, a national partnership of students, teachers and the industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education in the nation’s classrooms.

IBEW Local 26 Member Spotlight: Steve Swaney

Fourth-Year Apprentice Steve Swaney is not quite like most of our Local 26 apprentices. At 51 years old, he finds himself a few decades older than most of his fellow apprentices in the program. While most people his age would be hesitant about returning back to school at this stage in their life, Steve is excited by the educational opportunities he has at his disposal and the opportunity to pursue a rewarding career.

Spotlight on Big Build 2018

In conjunction with the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 26 , The Electrical Alliance participated in Big Build 2018 Saturday, October 13, 2018 at The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

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 the challenges of recruiting and training people for careers in construction with various trade groups involved.

DC Council Member Silverman on tour of facility

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.