Edwardsville – Fourteen new IBEW Local 309 journeymen electricians celebrated the completion of their apprenticeships with a party and dinner July 18 at Sunset Hills Country Club.
The Southwestern Illinois Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee program completed another successful year with the graduations.
The committee is sponsored by Local 309 and the National Electrical Contractors Association. The program trains inside wiremen, residential wiremen and telecommunications installer/technicians.
Local 309 Business Manager Tim Evans welcomed the graduates.
“I believe our apprenticeship to be second to none,” he said. “Be a leader, be involved and be the best union member you can be.”
Evans credited the program’s training director, David Kokotovich, and the assistant training director, Chris Huckins, with maintaining its high level of quality.
“Bringing Dave and Chris in really solidified what we’re trying to accomplish,” Evans said. “I think they’ve done a hell of a job.”
Ian Andrews, representing the National Electrical Contractors Association, said the Southern Illinois chapter has emerged as a leader because of the apprentice program.
“This is one of the premier JATCs in the country, and you’ve done it,” he told the graduates and their supporters. “The industry needs to move forward, and it starts right here in this room.”