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.