October 27, 2020

LETTER FROM OUR CEO: Being an Electrician in Colorado

This month’s eNews focuses on being an electrician in Colorado – what it takes to be an apprentice and a licensed electrician – and the requirements to maintain that professional licensure with continuing education. We review a new Colorado law aimed at encouraging apprentices to seek licensure and remind currently licensed electricians to renew their licenses before the end of the year! 

Starting tomorrow Wednesday, October 28, please join the IEC 2020 Virtual Convention & Expo. There’s a great line-up of world-class experts in the electrical industry. IEC will power you forward with the knowledge you need to take your career – and your business – to the next level from the comfort of home. This year, the Expo is free — sign up today!

On Friday of this week, Oct. 30, come enjoy a New Orleans-themed lunch and the camaraderie of watching the IEC National Awards Gala together at the IECRM Northglenn campus. We are ensuring safety and following COVID-19 protocols. Come celebrate at the Big Easy Watch Party and cheer each other on as we, hopefully, win a battery of awards again this year. RSVP required today.

Speaking of celebrating, Ryan Slayton of Denver Water made his mark in the National Apprentice of the Year Competition last week. Join me in congratulating him for his performance and cheer him on at the Big Easy Watch Party, where the National awards for contractor projects and chapter recognition winners will be announced. See the story here.

Between now and November 3, the most important thing you can do is exercise your right to vote! Our IECRM Election Guide is a resource to help inform and guide your decisions about the 2020 ballot measures and voting in Colorado.

Mark your calendars for November 8-14, to celebrate the sixth annual U.S. Department of Labor National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) across the country and especially here in Colorado. IECRM will celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2020 locally by recognizing our students in the program and highlighting innovations, technologies and the future growth of the industry. Check out the story in this E-News for more information.

See the Spotlight feature in this issue profiling Ronne Hines, Director of the Division of Professions and Occupations at the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) and a rare Colorado native. We thank Ronne for participating in this story and giving us a bit more insight into DORA.

Join us as we shine the light on 2021 at our State of the Industry Event to be held virtually on Thursday, November 12 (4-6 pm). IECRM Board of Directors President Robert Watkins and I, along with some special guests, welcome you to this Annual Meeting of Members and Board of Directors Election. I promise, this will not be “just another Zoom call!” Register for this free event, or sign up to sponsor a breakout session or program highlight.

Voting for the 2021-23 IECRM Board of Directors is underway so please be sure to review the ballot and get your vote in. View ballot and vote now.

As we move into November and the holiday season, we remember all that we are grateful for and we celebrate what IECRM members and partners are all about – industry excellence and apprenticeships that power careers and our future. 

Thank you for all you do for your apprentices and the industry!