b'Industry NewsNECA LU 82 2020 GRADUATIONOn August 6, 2020 the Dayton Ohio Area ElectricalAdam wasnt sure in high school what studies he Training Alliance (ETA) held the Class of 2020 wanted to pursue. He was always good with his graduation banquet. The original graduation hands, and college didnt feel like a good fit. His ceremony was scheduled in May, but due to COVIDfather is an electrician, and advised him if he wanted 19, the event was postponed. This was the 74 th to pursue that vocation, to apply to the uniongraduation with twenty three apprentices movingapprenticeship electrical program. Thats exactly up to the ranks of Journeymen.what Adam did and he was accepted the first time he applied.The ETA apprenticeship program is supported by the Western Ohio Chapter of the National One of his biggest challenges early on was under-Electrical Workers (NECA) and the Internationalstanding the AC/DC theories. I started from scratch Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 82.getting a foundation in understanding electricity, Two career paths are available at the center, Insidesays Adam. It takes some time to learn the language Wireman (5 year program) and Installer Technicianof an electrician. But all of our teachers are fantastic and very helpful. I also had a great mentor in David (4 year program). Apprentices work 40 hours aBruce, continued Adam.week alongside trained Journeymen to learn the skills they will need in their career. In addition,Adam currently works for Chapel Electric and they take classes at the training center once orrecently worked on the Dayton Phoenix project. He twice a week to further their education. The ETAwill be teaching a class this fall in Electrical Systems has a matriculation agreement with Northwestin healthcare, and will be taking a continuing State Community College so credits from their education course for Journeymen in Instrumentation. apprenticeship classes apply towards a two yearHis goal is to continue learning and teaching toAssociates Degree. There are many career pathsfurther his career to Foreman and beyond. for these graduates, 59 to be exact, from Foreman, Supervisor, Contractor, Instructor, to businessFor more information about the electrical owner.apprenticeship program visit: www.82jatc.com.The top graduate for the Inside Wireman program is Adam Lucas; the top graduate for InstallerTechnician is Christopher Ridgway. Left to right- front row: Paul Stubbs, Ciara Dickerson, Mario Rodgers, Thomas OHara, Joshua Rowe.Left to right- middle row: William Early, Benjamin Griggs.Left to right- back row: Kye Sanders, James Berhow, Andrew Howard, Adam LucasChris RidgwayBradley Rhodus, Adam Lucas, Garrett Lange.Not pictured: Steve Alexander, Max Collins, Henry Dowell, Jeffery Top Inside WiremanTop Installer Technician Farmer, Jacob Grover, Caleb Johnson, Starlena Phillips, PaulSchommer, Cassandra Ford (Installer Technician) and ChristopherRidgway (Installer Technician). Page 18CONSTRUCTION JOURNAL'