IECRM Member News | April 2014
Spring has sprung, and IECRM members have been busy at work!
First, please congratulate Kristin Kim Haynes, who was recently promoted to COO of IECRM! Kristin was previously Director of Operations. As the COO at IECRM, Kristin Kim Haynes will oversee the administrative division and marketing division. Ms. Haynes develops and executes the organization’s strategic business growth plan, educational seminars, master marketing campaigns, special events, and membership initiatives.
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News from our Members
One of our members was recently named one of the 10 Companies Considered ‘Best for the World’ by Forbes Magazine! Namaste Solar, an employee-owned solar cooperative based in Boulder, was named due to its employee pay scale, generous employee vacation time, and for donating 20% of after-tax earnings to non-profits, among other factors.
Milwaukee Tool is excited to introduce the M18 FUEL™ Deep Cut Band Saw, which cuts faster than its corded counterparts, provides the same legendary durability of a Milwaukee corded band saw, and delivers up to 2X more run time than other cordless options. Open NOW for pre-orders, and product will ship on 6/1. For more info, please contact our Milwaukee Tool rep, Kenny Cochrane, at Kenneth.Cochrane@
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We just found out that one of our students won FIRST PLACE in the IEC National Apprentice Short Story Contest!
CONGRATULATIONS to Ryan Tedford, a Fourth Year IECRM student (Instructor: Chris Shipp) and apprentice at Encore Electric, Inc. Ryan won a $250 VISA gift card, and his essay will be published in an upcoming issue of IEC National’s Insights Magazine, as well as on the IEC National website!
Below is Ryan’s winning essay:
What Influenced My Decision to Become an Electrician
By Ryan Tedford
I have always been a person that has enjoyed working with my hands. As a result, I have dabbled in carpentry, mechanics, horticulture and golf course maintenance.
I discovered my interest in the electrical field in an unusual way. In 2005, during a two-year stay in Nepal, I started an orphanage that still exists to this day and is home to 24 children. My dream for the orphanage was for it to one day become one of the few self-sustained orphanages in Nepal. Because of that dream, I started taking classes in horticulture, fish farming and sustainable energy in hopes of using the knowledge I attained to take steps in creating a more self-sustaining orphanage. It was during this time that I decided to take a class in wind technology. During this class, I started learning about basic electrical theories. This sparked my interested in becoming an electrician.
It seemed to be the perfect fit for me. I knew that I wanted a career where I could work with my hands and becoming an electrician would not only offer that to me, but it would also offer me the opportunity to continue to learn and grow. There is so much knowledge for me to acquire and skills that I can learn in the electrical field.
After completing my coursework in wind technology, I decided to begin pursuing my career as an electrician. I started my electrical apprenticeship and began taking classes at IEC.
Because of the classes I have taken at IEC and the skill set that I have been able to obtain from my apprenticeship, the scope of my original dream has broadened. I still have the desire to make the orphanage more self-sustained, but now I also have the desire to bring electrical energy to remote villages in Nepal. During my time in Nepal, I had the privilege to trek to some of the most remote places in the world and because of the classes I have taken and the work I have completed as an electrician, I am able to see how I can bring electrical energy to those remote places.
Becoming an electrician has been one of the best career decisions I have made. Not only has it equipped me with a skill set that I can use to support my family, it has also expanded a dream that I have had since 2005.
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CONGRATULATIONS to all of our winners of this year’s 8th Annual Summit Awards, held on April 17th at the Denver Athletic Club.
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Our Northern members enjoyed a special Loveland Happy Hour, sponsored by QED, at the Pourhouse in Loveland on April 24th.
The IECRM/ABC Safety Committee held their monthly meeting on Fall Protection on April 23rd.
Now Hiring — Refer Someone You Know!
Currently there are 50+ jobs for apprentices and electricians open on our Energy Industry Jobs Board. Please share this page to help out a friend or family member in need! IECRM members and Industry Partners– If you have a job you’d like to post, please email the job title, description, and how to apply to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to reserve your FREE booth for our Job Fair on June 24th!
IECRM is hiring new instructors for our Live-Online Apprentice Training Program, to start training immediately. Please click here to learn more — we offer a sweet referral bonus!