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April 2008
NTI Goes North

NJATC MIC Program Receives 3 More Scholarships

NJATC Gets In Line with On-line

NTI Announces New Program
March 2008
Publisher Printing NJATC Scholarship Check

NJATC Welcomes Industry Expert

Klein Tools Quarter Million Pledge Gets JATCs “Rolling”

Technology Advances Electrical Workers’ Education
February 2008
NJATC Apprentices Earn & Learn

NJATC Helps Meet Electrical Industry Needs
January 2008
NJATC Gets New Approach to PLCs
November 2007
International Example

NTI Goes North

Upper Marlboro, MD- The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry (NJATC), co-sponsored by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and the University of Michigan (U-M) jointly announced today that the NJATC’s annual National Training Institute (NTI) is moving to the University of Michigan’s main campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2009. NTI has grown into the most comprehensive training program in the electrical construction industry. Serving all sectors of the electrical construction market, NTI offers hands-on state-of-the-art technical training, advanced educational theories and practices for the classroom, and cutting-edge workshops and seminars for Apprenticeship Committee members and NECA contractors. NTI was jointly established in 1990 by the NJATC and the University of Tennessee. The U-M will proudly host the NTI for the first time July 31 – Aug. 7, 2009. This will be the NTI’s 20th anniversary, marking a true milestone in training for the organized electrical construction industry. Joining the U-M in this effort will be the Ann Arbor Convention & Visitors Bureau, as well as numerous merchants and service providers from the Ann Arbor area.

The NJATC expects total participation in the 2009 NTI to be well in excess of 2,000 industry representatives. It is estimated that this will annually produce $4.5 to 5 million in new revenue for the economy of Ann Arbor. In selecting a new home for the NTI, of major concern was the commitment to and support of organized labor. The U-M currently employs IBEW members full-time in the electrical division of its maintenance department. Additionally, the University retains the services of NECA contractors employing IBEW members to complete all of its electrical construction projects. IBEW President, Edwin D. Hill, NECA CEO, John M. Grau, and U-M President, Mary Sue Coleman are delighted to announce this new tripartite alliance dedicated to the training and betterment of all members of the NECA/IBEW electrical construction family.

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NJATC MIC Program Receives 3 More Scholarships

Upper Marlboro, MD- Three is a charm for the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee’s Master Instructor Certification (MIC) program. Delmar, part of Cengage Learning, recently announced that it will donate three $5,000 scholarships to the NJATC’s MIC training program. Each scholarship will allow an Instructor to obtain the MIC certification of their choice.

Developed in 2007, The MIC program is an in-depth certification that ensures Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees’ (JATCs) and Area Wide Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees’ (AJATCs) Instructors have mastered both the practical and theoretical skills critical to training the highest qualified electrical workforce. Scholarship donations offset an Instructor’s cost to obtain the new MIC certification. Delmar, whose mission is to inspire future skills-based professionals to reach their potential by offering world class learning solutions, is excited about this new endeavor. “We are so proud to support this excellent program to ensure that Instructors are as prepared as possible to train electrical apprentices,” said Greg Clayton, Vice President at Delmar. Delmar has been an active NJATC Training Partner for several years, and is currently working with the NJATC to create a blended learning solution for the NJATC’s Outside Lineman program.

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NJATC Gets In Line with On-line

Upper Marlboro, MD- The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) is now in line with the on-line world and has launched an Internet bookstore that provides convenient around-the-clock access to its inventory and merchandise.

The innovative on-line bookstore allows Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees (JATCs) and Area Wide Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees (AJATCs) to not only order workbooks, textbooks, and other training materials, but also check the status of their accounts with the click of a mouse. Order status, invoices, inventory, and payment status can now be accessed 24-hours a day with the use of this cutting-edge technology. A quick search function that allows JATCs/AJATCs to find desired merchandise by item code or name is also available for convenience. Early users of the new system give the new bookstore rave reviews for its simplicity and user-friendliness.

JATCs and AJATCs can log onto the bookstore by going to the NJATC website, www.njatc.org, clicking on the on-line bookstore icon, and then clicking on the sign in icon. First time users must contact Steve Strickland at 1-888-NJA-4007 to obtain a username and password; the authorized JATC/AJATC purchaser will also need their NJATC program number to successfully log onto the bookstore. Users that do not have a JATC program number may purchase limited merchandise at the same website location by clicking on the “merchandise store” link.

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NTI Announces New Program

Upper Marlboro, MD-The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee’s (NJATC) National Training Institute (NTI) has long been known as the best training program for Training Directors, JATC members, Instructors, Industry Leaders and apprentices. But this year, NTI is expanding its focus and rolling out a brand new venue designed especially for Contractors.

NTI is now hosting a new Electrical Contractor (EC) group alongside its traditional training classes. The EC group has been developed specifically for Contractors and their key personnel. It focuses on new business opportunities in the electrical field that our Contractors can take advantage of. Executive Director of the NJATC, Michael Callanan, says that this collaboration between the NJATC and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) fills a critical void that has been overlooked for far too long. “For years we focused exclusively on technical training,” says Callanan. “The new “EC” Group enables us to present business development issues along with the technical training.”

The NJATC is working collaboratively with NECA’s Management Education Institute to develop an agenda guaranteed to address business development opportunities pertinent to Contractors. Award-winning industry leaders will host the majority of the presentations and courses.

The 19th annual NTI is taking place August 2-8, 2008, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Contractors will receive an agenda for the event by April 15, 2008. Interested parties can register through NECA’s Management Education Institute. For more information visit www.njatc.org.

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Publisher Printing NJATC Scholarship Check

Upper Marlboro, MD- Textbook publisher, Pearson Education, is adding a scholarship check to the list of materials they print for the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC). The notable publisher recently announced they are donating $5,000 to support the NJATC’s Master Instructor Certification (MIC) program.

Started in 2007, The MIC program is an in-depth certification that ensures Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees’ (JATCs) and Area Wide Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees’ (AJATCs) Instructors have mastered both the practical and theoretical skills critical to training the best electrical workforce. The scholarship money donated by Pearson Education will offset an Instructor’s cost to obtain the new MIC certification. Pearson Education is one of the newest NJATC partners, and the publisher of the brand new NJATC Programmable Logic Controllers textbook. NJATC Executive Director, Michael Callanan, is enthusiastic about the potential of this new program. “This innovative initiative is representative of the programs the NJATC is developing to ensure NECA/IBEW apprentices receive the very best training in the country. Support from industry partners and leaders such as Pearson Education is essential, and we are grateful for their commitment to assist us in this exciting new venture,” Callanan says.

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NJATC Welcomes Industry Expert

Upper Marlboro, MD- The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) welcomes 40-year electrical industry veteran Joseph V. Sheehan, P.E. as a Curriculum Specialist. Sheehan, who previously worked as the principal electrical engineer at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), brings critical knowledge to an organization known for creating the best training materials in the electrical industry.

During his career, Sheehan has served as an electrical apprentice, a Journeyman, a Foreman, Chief Estimator, Project Manager, and Vice President for NECA contracting firms in the Greater Boston area. His plethora of practical and technical experience makes Sheehan an ideal addition to the NJATC staff, an organization that employs some of the best talent in the Industry. NJATC Executive Director, Michael Callanan, says that Sheehan is well-respected and the organization is fortunate to have him. “Mr. Sheehan brings a wealth of electrical knowledge, strategic insight, and proven educational skills to our organization. As the training arm for IBEW/NECA, it is especially important for us to have a person of his caliber in the vital role of curriculum development,” says Callanan.

Sheehan specializes in the National Electrical Code, and has served as editor for the previous five (5) editions of the National Electrical Code ® handbook. He completed the Boston IBEW Local Union 103 apprenticeship, earned his Associate of Engineering Degree at Franklin Institute of Boston, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts.

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Klein Tools Quarter Million Pledge Gets JATCs “Rolling”

Upper Marlboro, MD- What is red and yellow, has 12 wheels, and makes training more effective? The answer, three rolling tool cabinets from Klein Tools, may surprise you. Over the past few months, around the country tool cabinets from Klein Tools and other trade related tools have been rolling into the doorways of Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees’ (JATCs) high-tech training facilities, and landing in the hands of IBEW/NECA apprentices.

The tools and tool cabinets are a gift from established industry giant, Klein Tools, and are part of a generous quarter million-dollar pledge Klein made during the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee’s (NJATC) 2007 National Training Institute’s (NTI) graduation ceremony. Klein Tools gave $5,000 tool scholarships to five JATCs and $5,000 tool endowments consisting of 25 apprentice tool kits to another five JATCs.

Training Director of the Canton OH Electrical JATC, Jeffery Stuber, is ecstatic about the tool cabinets and tools recently received, and thanks the NJATC for making it happen. Stuber says, “I definitely have to thank the NJATC for finding and cultivating these Training Partner relationships. The three rolling tool cabinets and associated tools we received definitely help us provide the best training possible.”

Klein Tools has been an active supporter of NJATC training initiatives for more than two decades. During their partnership, they have given more than one million dollars in tools and endowments to help train the IBEW/NECA workforce. Tool scholarship and endowment winners were randomly chosen from participants attending the 2007 NTI.

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Technology Advances Electrical Workers’ Education

Upper Marlboro, MD- America’s push to “go green”, and intelligent buildings laced with computer technology are pushing many electrical workers to seek advanced educational studies. Fortunately, many IBEW/NECA apprentices often have a head start when it comes to pursuing a college degree.

The American Council on Education (ACE), the leader in translating workplace experience and other non-traditional education into college credits, has worked with the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) to translate apprentices’ instructional training into college credits. Depending on the degree pursued, apprentices can transfer up to 60 semester hours to universities, colleges, or community colleges. ACE used its notable college credit recommendation service (CREDIT) to evaluate each NJATC apprenticeship program and determine the amount of college credit to award to each program. Currently, many local Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees (JATCs) are leveraging this college credit program to help ensure that IBEW/NECA apprentices accomplish their goal of higher education.

Michael Callanan, Executive Director of the NJATC, says the program is important considering the technological advances taking place in the electrical field. “The NJATC is committed to helping all training participants reap the rewards of their efforts by constantly updating, improving, and developing the highest caliber, state-of-the art training programs. These programs allow our members to take the information they have learned in JATC classrooms and translate it into advanced degrees, undoubtedly giving our Industry a competitive edge in a field rapidly evolving in the grips of the ever-changing technology.”

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NJATC Apprentices Earn & Learn

Upper Marlboro, MD- Many students work their way through college, but few work in their future industry, unless they are IBEW/NECA apprentices. The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC), the training arm of NECA and the IBEW, uses an “Earn While You Learn” system that helps apprentices to get paid and trained at the same time.

“Earn While You Learn” is a unique system that allows electrical apprentices to work in the electrical construction field while attending related instructional classes. This opportunity not only allows apprentices to receive the hands-on experience they need, it also allows them to earn money for the services they render. Apprentices are even eligible for benefits such as health insurance and retirement benefits.

Michael Callanan, Executive Director of the NJATC, says the program benefits not only the students, but taxpayers as well.

“This program allows apprentices to learn the practical skills they need, while at the same time providing the opportunity to earn respectable wages to provide for their families and pay for their education. Because our apprentices work in the field, our programs require no support from the taxpayers. In fact, our apprentices contribute more than $600 million per year in taxes.”

In 2006, local Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees (JATCs) reported over 40,000 apprentices were enrolled in their programs; many JATCs expect this number to grow in 2008. The “Earn While You Learn” program pays apprentices a defined percentage of Journeyman wages; apprentices are eligible for raises based on their progression through the apprenticeship program.

The NJATC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1941 by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). The organization is committed to developing and standardizing education in the electrical industry to properly and effectively train members of the IBEW and NECA; providing the electrical construction industry with the most highly trained and highly skilled workforce possible. Since its inception, more than 325,000 apprentices have completed NJATC training programs and become competent Journeymen, making the organization one of the largest training and apprenticeship programs of its kind. For more information, contact Cordie Aziz at 301-715-2313. .

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NJATC Helps Meet Electrical Industry Needs

Upper Marlboro, MD- Many students work their way through college, but few work in their future industry, unless they are IBEW/NECA apprentices. The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC), the training arm of NECA and the IBEW, uses an “Earn While You Learn” system that helps apprentices to get paid and trained at the same time.

“Earn While You Learn” is a unique system that allows electrical apprentices to work in the electrical construction field while attending related instructional classes. This opportunity not only allows apprentices to receive the hands-on experience they need, it also allows them to earn money for the services they render. Apprentices are even eligible for benefits such as health insurance and retirement benefits.

Michael Callanan, Executive Director of the NJATC, says the program benefits not only the students, but taxpayers as well.

“This program allows apprentices to learn the practical skills they need, while at the same time providing the opportunity to earn respectable wages to provide for their families and pay for their education. Because our apprentices work in the field, our programs require no support from the taxpayers. In fact, our apprentices contribute more than $600 million per year in taxes.”

In 2006, local Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees (JATCs) reported over 40,000 apprentices were enrolled in their programs; many JATCs expect this number to grow in 2008. The “Earn While You Learn” program pays apprentices a defined percentage of Journeyman wages; apprentices are eligible for raises based on their progression through the apprenticeship program.

The NJATC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1941 by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). The organization is committed to developing and standardizing education in the electrical industry to properly and effectively train members of the IBEW and NECA; providing the electrical construction industry with the most highly trained and highly skilled workforce possible. Since its inception, more than 325,000 apprentices have completed NJATC training programs and become competent Journeymen, making the organization one of the largest training and apprenticeship programs of its kind. For more information, contact Cordie Aziz at 301-715-2313. .

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NJATC Helps Meet Electrical Industry Needs

Upper Marlboro, MD- What is the difference between how IBEW/NECA apprentices are trained versus how other electrical apprentices are trained? The answer can be found in the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee’s (NJATC) new promotional video, “Meeting the Needs of the Electrical Industry-Training and Workforce Development”.

This interactive DVD illustrates the NJATC’s commitment to providing the best training in the electrical industry, and is intended to help communities and potential electrical workers understand the education and training IBEW/NECA apprentices receive.

Solar Power, Building Automation, Residential Wiring, Line Construction, Instrumentation, and Telecommunications Wiring are all programs featured on the DVD. The DVD also discusses the Safety and Certification initiatives the NJATC spearheads.

This informative DVD, broken down into the eight areas previously mentioned, vividly illustrates employment opportunities available within each program, discusses the training

apprentices receive, and displays high-tech training centers throughout the country that have developed specialized training initiatives. The video also discusses how industry leaders such as Sharp, 3M, Aramark, Tyco, Fluke, and Levitron help the NJATC develop new training based on the latest technologies. Parties interested in receiving a copy of this exciting, new DVD should contact the NJATC at 301-715-2300.

The NJATC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1941 by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The organization is committed to developing and standardizing education in the electrical industry to properly and effectively train members of the IBEW and NECA; providing the electrical construction industry with the most highly trained and highly skilled workforce possible. Since its inception, more than 325,000 apprentices have completed NJATC training programs and become competent Journeymen, making the organization one of the largest training and apprenticeship programs of its kind. For more information, contact Cordie Aziz at 301-715-2313 or at caziz@njatc.org.

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NJATC Gets New Approach to PLCs

Upper Marlboro, MD- The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) is pleased to announce the release of Programmable Logic Controllers, a new textbook detailing Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) technology. The textbook debuted January 23, 2008.

Unlike PLC texts previously used by the NJATC, this new offering was developed by NJATC Training Partner Prentice Hall/Pearson Technology Group. James Boyd, a Senior Director at the NJATC, says the NJATC used a very knowledgeable outside source for this book to ensure that Journeymen and apprentices were learning the latest technology.

“We wanted to make sure that the new edition of the PLC book addressed the newest technologies available, so we decided to find a company that would publish a book designed to suit the needs of our training programs.” Procedures for programming producer/consumer PLCs using languages other than ladder logic, and the move from rack/module/address programming to consumer/producer programming are a few of the new technologies discussed.

NJATC Directors spent months interviewing authors and publishers of several different PLC textbooks in order to decide which publisher was the right fit for the project. Texts from four different publishers were reviewed before the NJATC, along with its Curriculum Workgroups and Advisory Committees, decided to use the Prentice Hall/Pearson Technology Group PLC book. To guarantee the success of the book in the classroom the NJATC made a variety of editorial and layout changes that made the book more “user-friendly”.

The NJATC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1941 by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). The organization is committed to developing and standardizing education in the electrical industry to properly and effectively train members of the IBEW and NECA; providing the electrical construction industry with the most highly trained and highly skilled workforce possible. Since its inception, more than 325,000 apprentices have completed NJATC training programs and become competent Journeymen, making the organization one of the largest training and apprenticeship programs of its kind. For more information, contact Cordie Aziz at 301-715-2313.

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NJATC Serves as International Example

Upper Marlboro, MD- Leaders from the Brazilian electrical industry recently proved to the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) that imitation is the greatest form of flattery during their November visit to the United States.

Three union safety members and two electrical consultants from Brazil recently visited the NJATC to learn what it takes to train a competent electrical workforce. Though safety was the primary concern of the group, they were also eager to learn about the relationship between IBEW and NECA, and each party’s responsibility in training and safety implementation. The group, which oversees roughly 400,000 electrical workers, developed and implemented Brazil’s NR-10 electric code in 2006; NR-10 is based on NFPA- 70E and was created to help decrease the number of deaths and injuries of electrical workers in Brazil.

The group’s trip was a collaborative effort between NJATC Training partner Westex, Inc, a leader in flame resistant fabrics, and their Brazilian partner IDEAL. The group was in the United States for a week and made stops in Chicago and New York as well.

The NJATC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1941 by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). The organization is committed to developing and standardizing education in the electrical industry to help educate members of the IBEW and NECA; providing the electrical construction industry with the most highly trained and highly skilled workforce possible. Since its creation, more than 300,000 apprentices have become Journeymen, making the organization one of the largest training and apprenticeship programs of its kind. For more information, contact Cordie Aziz at 301-715-2313.
 
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