On March 4, President Obama publicly released his $3.9 trillion Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal, representing the Administration’s funding “wish list” that, unlike past years, contains fewer compromises to court Republican appropriators’ support and emphasizes regulatory agencies’ enforcement activities.
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The Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) is pleased to announce Schneider Electric as an IEC Partner in Learning. With this partnership, Schneider Electric has invested in IEC’s world-class training program and is dedicated to providing the workforce with qualified and educated electrical professionals.
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Congressman Scott Perry visited Central Pennsylvania IEC's apprentice class to talk about the value of learning a skill and how a hard-working attitude can boost a career.
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On a lovely spring day, a young tenant of an apartment complex we’ll call “Tommy” was playing outdoors rather than sitting in front of the TV playing video games with his siblings and eating junk food. Tommy was playing Frisbee golf around the swimming pool. The disc was thrown over the bushes and landed on an air conditioning (AC) unit. He went to retrieve the disc, happily stepping from one AC unit to the next, being very mindful not to jump too hard onto the metal so that he would not make a dent, carefully and with precision placing one foot at a time on each unit, not knowing the next unit he was going to touch would be his last.
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Mobile devices are a key to profits for today’s businesses. We are all aware that minutes are the underlying success or failure to any business. Converting even a small amount of minutes per day per worker from lost time to productivity will increase the bottom line.
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Over the last few years I have been asked the same question on numerous occasions: Why are you involved with IEC? Depending on the topic or location of the meeting, I might have a different answer but there are three main reasons why I am involved: giving back to improve our industry, personal growth, and ownership. These three reasons have created a passion in me for IEC and a mission for me to improve myself along with improving the electrical industry.
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With exponentially exploding technology, individuals prolonging retirement, and the melding of generations, leaders today face a variety of challenges. Differences in cultures, values, genders, and educational experiences form a wide divergence between traditionalists and Generation Y. A majority of traditionalists have retired or are in the process of retiring; Baby Boomers are continuing to work; and Generation Y is entering the workforce. Due to these various factors, leaders are facing challenges that have never been faced. Skills vary from the top-level management throughout the organization’s structure and to the customer.
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The stereotypes that haunt Generation Y have carried over into today’s workplaces. The generational gap between the Baby Boomers and Generation Y is filled with miscommunication and fallacies. With the elders of Generation Y established in their careers and a high number just entering the workforce, many Baby Boomers and Generation Xers are struggling with how to motivate the Millennials to take pride in their work.
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Written by Melissa Grigsby
 

A wise man once said, “He who hesitates is lost.” Flip it around to today and aim it at our industry, and he could very well be talking about the explosion in wireless technology. Because those electrical contractors who hesitate in embracing the surge in wireless advancements may very well be facing lost business.
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A recently launched initiative by IEC, called Emerging Leaders, is already reaping benefits. At the national level, the program is informal, consisting of a number of courses and programs being offered by IEC at conventions and other conferences. However, the program is already being formalized in at least two IEC chapters: IEC Rocky Mountain and IEC Atlanta.
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