DENVER, Colorado — June 12, 2013 — On Saturday, June 1st, 42 graduates of the IECRM Class of 2013 walked across the stage to receive certificates for successfully completing four years of electrical apprentice training at IECRM. An audience of 400 family members, friends, instructors, employers, and staff attended the ceremony, which was generously sponsored by Crescent Electric Supply, with donations from IDEAL Industries and Milwaukee Tools, and held at the Westin in Westminster, Colorado.
IECRM graduates are unique in that they have accomplished academic as well as career achievements while pursuing a higher education. 95% of IECRM students work full-time as electrical apprentices while they complete their education at IECRM. Graduates have completed 576 hours of classroom education, plus at least 8,000 hours of on the job training as apprentices.
“I heard someone once say, ‘He who knows how will always have a job, and he who knows why will always be the boss,’” spoke the Valedictorian of the Class of 2013, Herb Duelm, who is currently an apprentice at Lakewood Electric Company, Inc. in Englewood, Colorado. “We have spent the last few years being the guys that know ‘how.’ Now it is time to take the experience we have learned in the field, and the knowledge we gained at IECRM, and move forward to become the guys who know ‘why.’”
Andrew Romanoff, former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives (2005-2008), delivered an inspirational keynote address to the graduating class. Speakers at the ceremony included IECRM CEO, Spenser Villwock; IECRM Board President, Chris Cumpton; Class of 2013 Valedictorian, Herb Duelm (Lakewood Electric Company, Inc.); and Class of 2013 Salutatorian, Philip Foley (Piper Electric). Paul Lingo, Assistant Training Director at IECRM, presented the graduates with their diplomas.
Several graduates were recognized for achieving high academic honors, perfect attendance, competing in the 2013 Wire-Off Competition, and other achievements. IECRM also recognized its top undergraduate students. Several IECRM staff members and instructors received awards for their many years of dedication and service to IECRM, and to its mission of advancing America’s energy contractor.
Each graduate received a toolkit donated by IDEAL Industries, and a hefty gift bag donated by Kristin Kim Haynes, Director of Operations at IECRM.
Registration for new apprentice students opens on June 24, 2013, and classes start in mid-August. Interested individuals are encouraged to visit the IECRM website to find out how to apply to the Four-Year Electrical Apprentice Program, and are invited to attend the Energy Industry Job Fair & Open House on June 25, 2013, at IECRM in Denver.