IECRM Denver Celebrates its Grand Opening
The largest IEC apprenticeship school in the country opens registration at its new location in Northglenn for the 2016-17 school year.
DENVER, Colorado — June 6, 2016 — On Monday, August 8th, the Rocky Mountain chapter of Independent Electrical Contractors (IECRM) will begin holding classes in its new, cutting-edge facility for its renowned Four Year Electrical Apprenticeship program. IECRM is the Rocky Mountain’s premier nonprofit electrical and energy trade association, the second largest IEC chapter, and the largest IEC apprenticeship school in the country. Classes for the 2016-17 school year will begin in August at the new location in Northglenn, Colorado.
Construction is booming in Colorado as it stays atop the list of fasting growing states in the U.S. With the shortage of skilled trade workers needed to accommodate Colorado’s exponential growth spurt, electricians are in high demand. IECRM’s Four Year Electrical Apprentice Program will help fill the gap with highly qualified electrical workers.
After nearly 20 years in its 15,000-square-foot warehouse facility in Adams County, IECRM is moving to accommodate its own growth spurt to a new and much larger facility in Northglenn, Colorado. The former bowling alley — now renovated into a state-of-the-art skilled trade school — provides the necessary 23,000 square feet of classroom, lab, meeting, and office space, as well as much needed parking for the growing student population.
With enrollment hovering around 1,100 students annually, and growth expected to exceed continue this year alone, the move was necessary to accommodate increased classroom, lab, and parking demands. Students will learn in a successful model of classroom teaching mixed with hands-on lab training in fresh and innovative lab spaces, featuring emerging technologies in the electrical field.
“The driving force behind the move is our increased enrollment, and we’ve been limited by the amount of parking that we have available in the current location,” said Marilyn Akers Stansbury, CEO of Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain (IECRM). “We also needed additional lab space so that students get their hands on applications aligned to the curriculum, enabling them to engage in lab activities at the same time that they are studying a specific concept,” Stansbury said. “We’ve experienced increased enrollment for the last five or six years, year over year.”
Paul Lingo, Training Director at IECRM, notes, “When I started at IECRM four years ago, we had 13 instructors. In October, we will have 43. Also in four years, we’ve experienced a 40 percent increase in student enrollment and just graduated 82 students this spring. We look forward to training the next generation electrician and meeting the demands of the workforce challenges given the growth in Colorado and in the industry.”
“This gives us opportunities to interact with today’s latest technologies and offer hands-on labs and training that are more technical and in-depth with new system applications specific to the industry. After almost 20 years leasing a warehouse in Adams County, we are excited to own our new property and be welcomed into the e Northglenn community,” Stansbury exudes.
“The training program IECRM offers is invaluable and necessary to sustain economic growth in the metro area,” said Debbie Tuttle, Northglenn Economic Development Manager. “The program will provide job skills that will last a lifetime and help people earn a living wage, while simultaneously increasing the supply of electricians needed. It’s truly win/win.”
To celebrate the grand opening of the new facility and the start of the school year, IECRM will host an open house on Friday, August 12. “Our Grand Opening Celebration is an opportunity to welcome our students, members, and industry partners. The new building is a tribute to their support of our organization for 35 years and signifies the investment our members make to training and to the industry,” says Akers Stansbury. “This festive occasion will include tours of the facility, including classrooms and labs where our students learn their trade, and conference rooms that we offer free of charge to our IECRM members throughout the year. We’ll be joined by the Mayor of Northglenn and other elected officials for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Everyone will be treated to refreshments and our annual ice cream social to kick off the new school year.”
Students enrolled into the IECRM Four Year Apprenticeship Program work full-time as an electrical apprentice and attend school one night per week. Most electrical contractors invest in their apprentices by paying a part or all of their tuition. With most students virtually debt-free upon completion of the program, and the $51,880 median U.S. salary for a journeyman electrician, the trade school is a sensible alternative to traditional college or university. IECRM’s Four Year Apprenticeship Program exceeds the state’s educational hour requirements, producing some of the best and highest skilled electrical workers in the construction industry.
Early registration for the 2016-17 school year is now open through July 20, 2016. Registration closes on August 5, 2016. Visit www.iecrm.org or call (303) 853-4886 for more information.
About Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain (IECRM)
Since 1981, the Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain (IECRM) has been the leading electrical and renewable energy contractor association in Colorado. Representing more than 200 member companies and educating over 1,500 electrical apprentices and licensed electricians annually, IECRM is dedicated to educating, promoting, and advancing the energy industry and merit shop philosophy.
IECRM, located in Denver, Colorado, is a chapter of the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC), a national trade association for merit shop electrical and systems contractors.