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JVS students participate in electrical trades program

LEARNING — Electrical trades students Dylan Waggoner, pictured at left, and Trevor Thompson learn about wiring a transformer from instructor Buddy Davis at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School. The students are currently working with the Electrical Training ALLIANCE through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to prepare for the workforce. (Contributed photo)

BLOOMINGDALE — Students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School have another way to gain experience for the workforce by taking part in the Electrical Trades ALLIANCE through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

JVS electrical trades instructor Buddy Davis said it was the first year both juniors and seniors have participated in the ALLIANCE program, which gives his electrical trades students a real advantage to get ahead in the field. About 16 seniors and 14 juniors are currently taking part and complete online work to build their skillset. According to the IBEW website, the Electrical Training ALLIANCE was formed with National Electrical Contractors Association and the goal is to provide the electrical construction industry with the most highly trained and skilled workforce possible.

“This gives students the ability by taking the course that if they do apply to a union and get accepted, they can actually test out of the first year of apprenticeship while still in high school and start their second year in schooling as an apprentice,” Davis said.

He was inspired to collaborate by IBEW representatives and local contractors who serve on his advisory board.

“It gives kids an online availability and opportunity to work at their own pace,” he added. “After graduation, they can apply to take a test for the IBEW and do an interview to be accepted. They can go to any IBEW, not just locally. It’s a fast track to the electrical trades.”

A few of his seniors plan to be future tradesman and said they like the program.

“I really like it. It’s easy to get into and is more direct and forward (with assignments),” said Dylan Waggoner, a senior from Scio who is based at Harrison Central High School.

“I like it,” added Tyler Baker, a senior from Wintersville and student at Indian Creek High School. “I can do it at my own pace.”

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