Electrical Connection Supports STEM Education at Jennings High School

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ENERGY FUTURE: Instructor Tim Kelley of the St. Louis IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center explains a solar array and its role in the future of energy technology to students at Jennings High School as part of Project Lead the Way. – Compass Communications photo
ENERGY FUTURE: Instructor Tim Kelley of the St. Louis IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center explains a solar array and its role in the future of energy technology to students at Jennings High School as part of Project Lead the Way. – Compass Communications photo

High tech career pathways are becoming clearer for students in the Jennings School District thanks to the Electrical Connection partnership between IBEW Local 1 and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

On May 21, the Electrical Connection participated in Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a national nonprofit STEM initiative, at Jennings High School. PLTW advance’s the nation goal of improving student performance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in elementary, middle and high schools across the nation.

Students learned about careers in the electrical industry they may have never considered otherwise.

Instructor Tim Kelley of the St. Louis IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center explained the importance of the electrical industry in shaping the future of energy and technology. His presentation included a solar panel array used to teach apprentices about one of the newest and most sought after technologies in the electrical industry today.

The Electrical Connection has a long history of supporting STEM initiatives to prepare the workforce of the future and engage the public in the value of the Electrical Industry Training Center’s 70-plus year commitment training the highest skilled electricians and communication technicians. It sponsors many local organizations and takes part in numerous community outreach programs.

That commitment is a major priority for IBEW Local 1 and NECA.

For more information about the Electrical Connection and its support of STEM education, visit www.electricalconnection.org.

PLTW provides science, technology, engineering, and math programs for K-12 students, teacher professional development programs and partnerships to help students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy. Learn more at www.pltw.org.

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