ICCTA Business/Industry Partnership Award
Richland Community College and
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 146
Since 1998, Richland Community College and the International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers Local 146 have cooperated to increase educational opportunities for electrician apprentices.
Aspiring electricians who are completing their five-year journeyperson certification may also earn an associate
in applied science degree at the same time. Upon the completiong of training, the student is qualified to work on
industrial, commercial, and residential construction projects or in repair and maintenance jobs anywhere in the United States.
ICCTA vice president David Harby (left) congratulates
Richland Community College officials Doug Brauer
(second from left) and Kathy Carter (far right) and IBEW
Local 146 representatives Jason Drake (center) and
Shad Etchason on receiving ICCTA's 2010 Business/Industry Partnership Award.
The addition of the general education courses increases the skill level
capacities of the graduate apprentices and enhances their opportunities for promotion. Associate degree graduates
are hired first for all construction jobs.
Program eligibility extends beyond Richland's district into 12 counties and three other community colleges in
central Illinois (Lake Land College, Lincoln Land Community College and Parkland College). Because of the partnership's regional designation, an apprentice may take general education
courses at any of the four institutions.
"IBEW values its partnership with Richland and appreciates their commitment in addressing the specialized
educational training needs of business and industry," says IBEW business manager Shad Etchason.
For additional information on ICCTA's Business/
Industry Partnership Award, please contact
Kim Villanueva at 217-528-2858, ext. 1.
Illinois Community College Trustees Association|
401 E. Capitol Ave., Suite 200
Springfield, IL 62701-1711
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