Congratulations to the class of 2014-2015. Ceremonies were held on Friday, 5/8/15 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel. There were 35 graduates for the class of 2014-2015.
Opening remarks from Local 48 Business Manager Gary Young and NECA Chapter Manager Tim Gauthier started the evening off to a very positive and thoughtful start, followed by the keynote speaker William Orgill of NECA.
Awards were given to the top graduates for each program. Michael Mueller in the Inside Program and Lynn Midkiff for the Limited Energy Program. Each taking top honors in their prospective program and offering some well thought out comments about their experiences as apprentices and their responsibilities moving forward as Journey workers. Matt Maleta of Klein Tools offered each a display plaque with special edition Klein Lineman pliers.
There was also a special award given to retiring Trustee Richard Martin for his six years of service to the training center and 39 years as an IBEW member.
As the newly minted Journey workers crossed the stage to accept their diploma’s, they were offered a commemorative coin from the NJATC, a Leatherman tool from the training trust and a gift card from Brian Allais of Platt Electric.
Accompanying the graduates and their invited guests, the officers and staff of IBEW LU 48 and NECA Oregon-Columbia Chapter were in attendance, as well as contractors, OTI and Mt. Hood Community College staff.
It was a memorable occasion enjoyed by the graduates and their special guests. Thank you to everyone who was a part of our special event and best of luck to our new graduates.
The largest non-traditional career fair of its kind, Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. produces the interactive, 3-day Women in Trades Career Fair to increase the overall number of women working in the trades and to help fill the imminent gap in the labor force that will be created with record-levels of upcoming retirements of skilled trades people.
Produced annually since 1993, this unique, industry sponsored and volunteer powered event offers dozens of hands-on activities designed to introduce women and girls to the possibility of a future career in the trades.
Bridget Quinn is a graduate of the 5-year Inside Electrician Apprenticeship program at the NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center in Portland, Oregon and has been their Workforce Development Coordinator since March 2011.
Prior to joining the Training Center, the Tucson, Arizona native worked for DynaElectric from 2003-2010 and attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Massachusetts College of Art before deciding to pursue a career in the the trades.
On September 24, Bridget received the Daily Journal of Commerce’s Women of Vision Award, which recognizes women in Oregon and Southwest Washington who work in architecture, engineering, construction and other building industry fields.
Quinn was nominated for the Women of Vision award by her colleagues for her ‘Tool Training’ workshops and week-long ‘Intro to Construction’ classes at the NIETC that have increased women and minority enrollments into the electrical apprentice program.
“To win this award during its inaugural year is a huge compliment,” said Quinn. “I’m very touched that my co-workers nominated me for this honor.”
Photo By Sam Tenney
Jessica Rose, Energy Trust of Oregon (left) with Licensed Electrician & 2014 Women of Vision Award recipient Bridget Quinn (right)