Too often, school counselors overlook the benefits of the trades and push expensive college degrees out of habit.
Unfortunately, students who like to work with their hands are not always told of the incredible benefits a career in the building trades has to offer.
The electrical training ALLIANCE represented the electrical trades by reaching out to the career ambassadors of high school education – high school guidance counselors.
The electrical training ALLIANCE, a joint training program between the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the IBEW, managed a trade show booth at the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Conference.
Held July 9 to 12 in Austin, the conference featured thousands of school counseling professionals for professional development. Counselor attendees took part in breakout sessions, general sessions and networking.
Over 4,200 counselors attended the seminar. In partnership with the North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), the union building trades were well represented.
The electrical training ALLIANCE trade booth featured Local 520 Apprentices Jolie Earp, Caressa Aamodt, Linda Natal-Murphy and Destiny Digby who explained the benefits of the electrical registered apprenticeship program and the rewarding electrical careers it provides.
The Local 520 Apprentices networked with numerous high school guidance counselors from the Austin area, and across the country, to educate them on the incredible benefits having a career in the electrical trades can offer their students.
“I’d like to give a huge thanks to the Austin JATC Training Director Gabe Flores for coordinating the schedules of apprentices, along with the logistics of the booth,” said the electrical training ALLIANCE in an event release.