The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) desired to help America’s servicemen and women who, after being honorably discharged, were in need of a career, not just a job. Through the Helmets to Hardhats program, NECA partnered with two such candidates from San Diego, retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Ken Dianovich and U.S. Navy (E5) Courtney Taggart. Both veterans now have completed their five-year journeyman training in electrical contracting, and each will embark on a new, promising career after they graduate with their classmates.

The graduation ceremony took place at the San Diego Hilton Resort International Ballroom on June 13, 2008.

“Military veterans possess the experience, skills and dedication we are seeking,” said Patrick Knighton, director of the San Diego Electrical Training Center. According to NECA, the nation’s veterans have been placed in harm’s way and have given their time and talent to their country. NECA considers the Helmets to Hardhats program a due service to them for their sacrifice.