April 10, 2014...
Electrical construction apprentices displayed their skills in installing electrical components and circuitry at the recent 2014 Electricians Competition and Career Fair which was held on March 15, 2014. The seventh annual event, hosted by Trident Technical College on its Main Campus in North Charleston, was produced by the Charleston Electrical Contractors Association (CECA); Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester Council of Governments; Career Cluster Partnership-Construction Trades; and Trident Workforce Investment Board.
First-place competition winners in each category were: Wyatt Savage, Dorchester County Career Tech Center; TJ Hart, Trident Technical College; Bryan Eddings, first-year apprentice with Gatch Electric; Mark Stewart, second-year apprentice with Watson Electrical; Jesse Babington, third-year apprentice with Watson Electrical; and Russ Michi, fourth-year apprentice with Metro Electric. Klein Tools provided prizes for all of the winners. Employers from the tri-county area were also on-hand at a career fair to discuss career opportunities for electricians.
Pictured in the attached photo are some of the first-, second-, and third-place winners from the competition along with Dr. Mary Thornley, President of Trident Technical College. Pictured from left to right are: (front row) Jesse Babington, Cameron Parker, Alex Cartin and Wyatt Savage; (second row) Russ Michi, Bryan Eddings, Dr. Mary Thornley, Mark Stewart, and TJ Hart.
The competition allowed high school, Trident Technical College and first-, second-, third- and fourth-year electrical construction apprentices to compete with the skills they have gained through practical experience and classroom instruction. High school participants are part of a youth apprenticeship program, and can become part of an adult apprenticeship program via TTC or CECA. Those that do not attend college will go on to work directly for electrical contractors after graduation.
A registered apprenticeship program is a paid, in-house training program that combines classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Working in accordance with standards set by the company and approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, an apprentice earns a nationally recognized certification as a Journeyworker upon completion of the program. More than 1,000 occupations qualify for apprenticeship training.
For more information, contact Mitchell Harp, director of apprenticeships for Trident Technical College at 843.574.6979 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.