Education Is Key

NECA President Larry Beltramo sits at his desk

ThE National Electrical Contractors Association is celebrating the recent launch of the Educational Advancement Research Network (EARN) Program. This new benefit is designed to bring industry stakeholders together with colleges and universities to help electrical contracting professionals earn certificates and college credit toward a degree. EARN is designed to give thousands of workers in the field as well as those in the front office access to a strategic network of online education and training courses hosted by accredited colleges and universities. Initially, we have partnered with three top-tier universities: Louisiana State, Oakland City in Indiana, and Brandman, which has campuses in California and Washington.

The EARN program is part of a multifaceted effort to address the skills gap in the construction industry, and to help everyone—from CEOs to electricians in the field—with high-quality post-secondary degrees and certifications. This program will help participants identify the most desirable and appropriate programs for their needs, as well as help orient individuals to the world of higher education.

Education is one of the core benefits that NECA offers. Now members and others can expand beyond the NECA Learning Center and continuing education units to earn associate, bachelor’s or graduate degrees. The EARN program includes studies in construction management, business administration, leadership and human development and workforce education. Best of all, the courses are offered entirely online.

As we all adjust to restrictions under COVID-19, I’m proud to be part of an organization that is adapting to continue offering the resources contractors need. NECA’s webinar offering has expanded significantly to help us take advantage of additional time at home, and I’m certain NECA EARN will allow all of us to explore new learning options now and well into the future.

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