Former Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach, Chuck Noll was often heard repeating one of his famous quotes, “The only constant in life is change.” Change is once again being delivered to our industry with the recent announcement of the Electrical Training Alliance, formerly known as the NJATC. For the past 70 years the joint training program between the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) aimed at training the best electrical workers the industry has to offer. Today, the Electrical Training Alliance has developed into the largest apprenticeship and training program of its kind, having trained over 350,000 apprentices to journeymen status through local affiliate programs. The program has become a true shining star in our industry and it did not get there by settling for status quo, but instead, continued to push the limits of training and continually rewrite the curriculum to stay ahead of our competitors.
Two of the biggest advancements have been in Core Curriculum and Blended Learning. Core Curriculum was created recognizing that specialty trade skills mean nothing without a solid foundation of core skills. The core curriculum allows students to specialize in their trade while still becoming a well-rounded craftsperson. Every region requires different skills from electricians. Being an electrician in Las Vegas is not the same as being an electrician in Western Pennsylvania and the Electrical Training Alliance provides the flexibility to train for the unique demands of different locals. Blended Learning reaches beyond the textbook, incorporating advanced technology in all aspects of training. It also enables students to continue training remotely, bridging the gap between an apprenticeship and learning in the classroom. The Electrical Training Alliance encourages training centers to embrace new technologies and offers ongoing technical courses to support all facilities using its curriculum.
On September 11, 2014, the Trustees of the Electrical Training Alliance announced that Executive Director, Michael Callanan will be stepping down after ten years in his position and nearly 20 years of service to the industry and the NJATC. Mike is a fierce competitor and it showed through the advancements he made to our training programs across the nation. Mike will be greatly missed.
On behalf of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mike for all that he has done in his pursuit of excellence in training. He forever changed the way our curriculum gets delivered and laid the foundation for our training programs to succeed well into the future. Like any great leader Mike surrounded himself with very talented people. We are fortunate to announce that Mike will be proceeded by one of his longtime colleagues, Mr. Todd Stafford. Todd has been with the NJATC for nearly twenty years and will continue to advance the NEW Electrical Training Alliance onward. We anticipate great things from not only Todd but the entire Electrical Training Alliance moving forward.
Chad M. Jones