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Clinton Creates New Pathway with IBEW

Monday, May 13, 2019

Ray M. DiPasquale, President of Clinton Community College, is pleased to announce the signing of a new pathway agreement between Clinton Community College and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 910.

Clinton Community College has worked closely with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 910 in creating a pathway for its Journeymen into the new Associate in Occupational Studies degree program in Industrial and Commercial Electrician. By completing the five-year IBEW Inside Journeyman Wireman Apprenticeship program, which includes the required on-the-job hours and successful completion of the Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Coursework, the journeymen will qualify for advanced placement in the new degree program and will receive 51 of the required 61 credit hours.

President DiPasquale states “this is a unique and innovative collaboration which is exciting for both IBEW and Clinton Community College and is a clear pathway to a college degree for members of the IBEW.”

IBEW Training Director, Alan Smith, states “this program will be a big stepping stone for those students that might not be interested in attending college (like myself) to be able to earn a college degree while doing what they love.

“Working with their hands - Our apprentices put in over 1000 hours of classroom training and 8000 hours of on-the-job training to become a journeyman wireman and with the help of everyone at Clinton Community, it is very nice to say they can earn a degree. Not only will this agreement help our current apprentices but it will also help the other candidates that did not make the program. When a person applies for our program that does not mean they will be accepted. While we would like to take everyone we just don’t have room. In the past, some people would just get discouraged and move on. Now we can tell these people if you are interested in the electrical field, we would suggest you attend a year at Clinton Community College and come back to re-interview which would give them more points in our scoring process and help them get into our program. I feel with all the talk about a shortage of skilled workers, we bridged a gap that will help the future.”

A formal signing of the agreement took place on Monday, May 13 at 11:00 AM in the Clinton Community College Institute for Advanced Manufacturing conference room. For more information on this agreement, contact Dr. John Kowal, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Clinton Community College.