Electrical Training Program

While many people are starting to think about construction or remodeling projects, Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center’s electrical program is turning up the heat.  The Electrical Training Program, which began in 2005, has grown to help people in the Evanston community with an opportunity to become a fully licensed Journeyman Electrician.  Evanston’s community benefits by providing quality electricians for the citizens and surrounding areas.

The program has gone from one instructor, Travis Eskelson, to two adding Dewey Archer in 2008.  Travis Eskelson, the program’s first instructor, is currently employed by CD’s Electric as a journeyman electrician.  Eskelson still finds time to instruct.   Seeing each student grow as they move throughout the levels of the electrical course is a feature of the program Travis truly enjoys.   Eskelson explains that students just need a commitment to succeed – and most do.

Dewey Archer, a journeyman electrician and electrical estimator for Elkhorn Construction, describes the program as very doable for someone interested in electrical work with a few additional hours at night each week to complete each level of the program.

Overall, students can complete a four year, four level academic program with curriculums for each level from the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER). NCCER is an education foundation created to develop industry-driven standardized craft training programs, with portable credentials, and help address the critical workforce shortage facing the construction industry. The curriculum is module-based curriculums, and consists of four (4) parts. At the successful conclusion of completion of each level, a nationally recognized certificate and card will be issued.

The courses taught at Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center fulfill the state requirement to become an electrician; students are still required to have 2000 hours out in the field and pass the journeyman test to receive Journeyman Electrician status.  And many students do not need to gain their full journeyman electrician status to improve their job skills and utilize the information gained; the education is sufficient. Classes begin every fall.

Archer states, “The best aspects of the program here is the opportunity it provides students.  There are a lot of jobs out there where these skills will be utilized.”  Many businesses in Evanston also benefit from the program here.  Eskelson explained, “Some of the students who have gone on to pass all levels of the program work in a variety of businesses in Evanston including the Wyoming State hospital and the City of Evanston.”  Everyone needs an electrician.

Nadine Crompton

In any organization, the people mean the most.  When anyone passes, it is hard saying goodbye.  This past month, Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center had to say goodbye to a dear friend, wonderful person, and inspirational coworker. We received word that Nadine Crompton had passed.

Nadine started working at Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center in 1994 and retired in 2009. During her 15 years, she was dedicated and determined to help her students succeed in any accomplishment they set their mind too.  Nadine helped many community members receive their high school equivalency.   When her students wanted to give up, Nadine would not allow it.  Nadine’s dedication to her students made each of them work harder, and she let nothing stop them.   Winter in Evanston can be long and hard.  Even on the worst days, Nadine would drive from the country on icy roads to help her students.   They meant everything to her, and Nadine wanted each and every one to succeed. Many of her students have gone on to receive their Bachelor and Master degrees.

Sandie Norris, a former student, wrote, “Nadine was an absolutely wonderful cheerleader for the Adult Education Center. She was very supportive while I earned my GED. I could not thank her enough for her wonderful hugs and devoted encouragement, during that time. I remember going in after I took my Language Comprehension test, she met me with a giant smile and a certificate she had made, stating I had gotten a perfect score. Nadine convinced me that it is never too late to go back to school. Here I am one class away from my Associates in Early Elementary Education all because Nadine gave me the encouragement I needed. She will surely be missed by those of us who were lucky enough to have her in our corner.”

Not only was she a great asset to Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center, she was very involved in the community.  Because of her passion for teaching, Nadine taught Sunday school and 4-H and was a member of many organizations in the community.  Her husband, Jim, is a Shriner; Nadine loved getting involved with the Shriners Hospital for Children. Helping youth brought joy to her life.

Everything Nadine did, she did from her heart. Nadine will be remembered for her friendship, her beautiful smile, and the care and dedication she had for everyday life. Uinta B.O.C.E.S. #1 Education Center owes a heartfelt thank you to Nadine and her family.  She was a bright star in this community, and her legacy lives on in all of her students, coworkers, family and friends who love and miss her so deeply.