June 26, 2015

73 Graduates from the Class of 2015 IECRM Electrical Apprentice Program – A celebration of accomplishment and the value of a Trade School Education

WESTMINSTER, Colorado — June 17, 2015 — On Saturday, June 6th, 73 electricians graduated from the IECRM  Four-Year Electrical Apprentice Program at a special graduation ceremony at the Westin in Westminster, Colorado. An audience of more than 400 family members and friends, spouses, instructors, employers, and staff attended the event. The graduation ceremony and student gifts were generously sponsored by IDEAL Industries, Crescent Electrical Supply Co. and Milwaukee Tool.

Graduating Class of 2015 Receiving their Certificates

Most IECRM students work full-time as electrician’s apprentices and participate in the US Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship (OA/BAT) program, which allows them to grow their salaries to commensurate with the growth of their skills during their education. Upon completion of the education program, IECRM graduates have gained the required experience to qualify for mid-level positions which includes higher pay rates and better benefits. . IECRM alumni include: Business Owners, Journeyman, Master Electricians, State Electrical Inspectors, Project Managers, C-Level Executives, IECRM College Instructors, and many more accomplished skilled tradesmen.

“Fellow graduates, look at everything we have accomplished. Four years of classes and four or more years of job related experience improving our craft and knowledge in the electrical field,” said Kevin McEntee, during his Salutatorian speech. “As most of us have either already taken our Journeyman’s license, or are about to take it, remember to pay it forward and teach the new apprentices to keep this field safe and knowledgeable. With that being said, congratulations to all of you and I wish you the best of luck.”

Kevin McEntee, Salutatorian 2015 – Addressing his fellow Alumni

Kevin McEntee, Salutatorian 2015 – Addressing his fellow Alumni


The Keynote Speaker at the graduation ceremony was Paul Bledsoe of Legrand, an industry veteran of 38 years. “In my job, I see lots of apprenticeship and continuing education programs in place all around the country. IECRM has put together such a great vocational education program that it has become the envy of those around the country,” said Paul Bledsoe.


(Left to right) Paul Lingo, IECRM Training Director – Marilyn Akers Stansbury, IECRM CEO – Paul Bledsoe, Keynote Speaker and Business Development for Legrand – Pete Farreny, IECRM Board President and COO for Weifield Group Contracting


During the ceremony, several graduates and underclassmen were awarded for achieving high academic honors, perfect attendance, competing in the 2014 Wire-Off Competition, and other achievements. Several IECRM instructors received gifts of gratitude for their 5, 10, or 15 years of dedication to teaching IECRM students. Every graduate received a 10-piece IDEAL Industries toolkit and a drill kit and tape measure from Milwaukee Tool.

Registration for the next session of the Four-Year Electrical Apprentice Program opens on June 22, 2015, followed by an Energy Industry Job Fair on June 24th. Sign up here to attend the job fair or visit for more information about the Four-Year Electrical Apprentice Program.

Tom Berkeyheiser, 2015 Graduate – Proudly celebrating his achievement of completing the 4-year apprenticeship program at IECRM with his family