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Mid-South IEC Listed as a Program That’s “Working” on WhiteHouse.gov

Posted in: Chapter News, July 2014

The Mid‐South IEC chapter of the Independent Electrical Contractors, specifically their Four-Year Electrical Apprenticeship Program, has been recognized by the White House as a training program matching workers with the skills they need for the jobs of today. With the signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803), today, President Obama launched the “Ready to Work Initiative.” Since January, President Obama has been shining a brighter spotlight on job‐driven training as an essential pillar of America’s economic strategy. The Obama Administration has called for job‐driven training across federal agencies and has profiled successful local efforts that should be replicated throughout the country.

“I am truly honored the White House has recognized Mid-South IEC’s Apprenticeship Program as an example of ‘What’s Working’ in our nation,” stated Walt Czyrnik, Executive Director of Mid-South IEC. “We are proud to deliver a program that strengthens America’s workforce training and builds highly skilled electricians. Even more, we are proud of the many apprentices who work and study hard to build a career to achieve a higher quality of life for their families.”

The Mid-South IEC Four-Year Apprenticeship Program provides apprentices with on-the-job training as well as 576 hours of classroom education with hands-on electrical labs to increase their understanding of the electrical field. Additionally, these apprentices receive a systematic hourly wage increase.

“All of IEC is proud that Mid-South IEC’s exemplary program was highlighted by the White House,” said Thayer Long, IEC National Executive Vice President/CEO. “IEC’s world-class Apprentice Training is providing people with the job-ready knowledge and skills that are needed for a career in the in-demand electrical field. We look forward to working with the White House’s ‘Ready to Work’ program and applaud the passage and signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.”   

Corresponding with this action plan, which is led by Vice President Joe Biden, the White House has launched a “Ready to Work” page on its website that details the program. On the page is a map featuring 35 examples of successful job-training programs, including Mid-South IEC. 

The Ready to Work page can be viewed here: www.whitehouse.gov/ready-to-work