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New!! Industrial/Commercial Electrician AOS Degree Program

Monday, March 11, 2019

Ray M. DiPasquale, President of Clinton Community College, is pleased to announce the addition of a new degree program: Industrial/Commercial Electrician (ICE) Associate of Occupational Studies. This new program also establishes an exciting new partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

The ICE degree is a two-year (60 credit) program that prepares students for careers as electricians, in both residential and commercial applications. It provides a pathway for graduates of the local BOCES Electrical program to further their education, as well as local high school graduates and career-changing adults another pathway to a rewarding occupation.

The ICE degree is the first of its kind at Clinton, an Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) degree. All the courses in an AOS degree program focus on a core subject, and relate directly to preparing students for a specific career. They do not have the liberal arts requirements that traditional Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and other degrees have.

“In looking at the educational and workforce needs of our community, offering this new Associate of Occupational Studies degree makes sense,” states President DiPasquale. “All of our technology degrees feature hands-on training, but this approach mirrors a more traditional apprenticeship program. It also recognizes the work of the IBEW apprenticeship program, through the added benefit of awarding a college degree.”

The ICE program presents an exciting new partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 910. The ICE program allows Journeymen Electricians to build on their formal electrical training and thousands of on-the-job training hours that they are required to complete, and earn a degree.

“This will be a big stepping stone for those students who think they aren’t interested in attending college,” states IBEW Training Director, Alan Smith. “Now they can earn a degree while doing what they love – working with their hands. Our Journeymen complete over 8000 thousand of hours of training – it is very nice that now they can earn a degree for that learning. Colleges and apprenticeships working together, like this, will help build the future of skilled labor.”

People who successfully complete the IBEW Journeyman Electrician training satisfy 51 credits towards the ICE degree. This leaves them with only 9 credits (3 classes) remaining in order to complete their Associate’s degree at Clinton. Conversely, people who complete the ICE degree at Clinton may be better prepared and earn extra points towards their IBEW Journeyman Application.

ICE graduates will be prepared to enter the work force upon degree completion. The first year of the program establishes the core knowledge in electrical theories, electrical components, electrical construction, and safety, as well as electrical project estimating. The second year focuses on more advanced electrical skills such as structured wiring and systems, photovoltaics, logic controllers, and instrumentation. The program is a mixture of lecture and laboratory courses with a significant amount of lab time. The curriculum will emphasize both hands-on skills and academics in order to cultivate the necessary competencies which allow students to pursue a career in the electrical industry.

The degree is now open, and students may begin the admissions process for the Fall 2019 semester. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 518-562-4170.