The NJATC firmly believes in and is committed to the education of
apprentices and journeymen in the organized electrical industry. That strong commitment
manifests itself in quality apprenticeship and journeyman level training programs.
Individuals participating in the various apprenticeship training programs can receive
not just craft certification, but also college level credit for their efforts, while those working to improve their skills
level may qualify for CEUs. The NJATC is committed to helping all training participants
reap the rewards of their efforts by constantly updating, improving and developing
state-of-the-art training programs of the highest caliber.
The American Council on Education (ACE) has evaluated all
four of the NJATC apprenticeship programs. The Inside Apprenticeship Program evaluation
has been performed and awarded up to 50 semester credit hours for the core courses, with additional hours for advanced courses, the Outside Apprenticeship
Program has been awarded 25 semester credit hours, the Residential Apprenticeship
Program has been awarded 17 semester credit hours and the Telecommunications Installer-Technician
Apprenticeship Program has been awarded 37 semester credit hours. For more information, click here
Pellissippi State Technical Community College (PSTCC) offers
two online degrees of interest to all IBEW and NECA members. The first is an Associate
of Applied Science (AAS) in general technology with an emphasis in Electrical Construction.
This degree can run concurrent with your apprenticeship or be started as a journeyman.
The degree is comprised of 15 - 17 credits in general education, 9 - 10 credits
of a technology core and 36 credits of major and guided electives. Thirty of the
thirty-six elective credits will be granted with proof of completion of your apprenticeship
as ACE credits. All education core credits are available online. The AAS in General
Technology is a terminal degree and only 16 to 20 credits are likely to transfer
to a 4 year institution.
The second degree option is a two year Associate of Science Degree (AS) which will
meet the general education requirements for the four year baccalaureate degree in
Construction Management Technology. You may switch to this degree path at any time;
however, the sooner you make this decision the less credit you will lose. This AS
degree is offered entirely online through PSTCC. You must complete college English
and math at a local institution before being admitted to PSTCC. This online degree
program is designed to meet most four year institution general education requirements.
It will transfer seamlessly to the four year degree in Construction Management Technology
at Middle Tennessee State University.
Middle Tennessee State University began admitting students
into this program in Fall 2003. The MTSU Construction Management Degree, with an
emphasis in electrical construction, is designed to teach electrical theory and
practice, electronics, construction laws, codes and materials and other topics relevant
to construction management. The degree requires 120 credit hours to graduate. Thirty-three
semester hours must be completed through MTSU. Work experience and apprenticeship
training will be evaluated and considered toward 20 upper division credits required
by MTSU. This particular program is designed for individuals who have already completed
some college coursework. Students should have completed 50 transferable semester
hours from an accredited institution. Included in those hours should be: two transferable,
college-level English courses and; one transferable, college-level math course.
Courses for the MTSU program are designed to meet the needs of distance learners.
Both video tapes and online methods will be used to teach the courses. The program
may also require that the individual spend one week per year at the MTSU campus
during the summer in conjunction with the National Training Institute for some courses.
This week will be a time of presentations, hands-on projects and some examinations.
For more information on the Middle Tennessee State University Bachelor's Degree
Program, you can contact Dr. David Hatfield, Construction Programs Director at
firstname.lastname@example.org. To be placed on the mailing list for updates
on these programs and any future opportunities or if you have additional questions,
you may call Steve Anderson at the NJATC's International Training Center at (865)380-9044
The NJATC continues to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the University
of Tennessee to those participating in NJATC skills upgrade training courses being
taught on the local level, as well as all NJATC sponsored training programs. This
program DOES NOT apply to the regular apprenticeship curriculum, but does count
for credit for apprentices who complete other NJATC courses offered by the Local
JATC. CEUs are an excellent way to record an individual's course work in transcript
form. It also provides a record that can be accessed at any time as proof of courses
completed. Many states require individuals to take additional course work to keep
certifications and credentials active. All programs should be taking advantage of
this opportunity. Local programs wishing to offer CEUs for specific courses should
contact the NJATC for details on how to establish CEU qualifying courses.