Escondido CA— At Escondido Charter High School (ECHS), every student should have the chance to examine multiple pathways towards rewarding careers in high-demand industry sectors and occupations. From a traditional college path to marketable skilled training through registered apprenticeship programs, there are numerous roads that lead to a rewarding and lucrative career. “The conversation should never be limited to either/or but should be about allowing each student to explore his or her passion.” – Shawn Roner Executive Director, ECHS
On Monday, April 26th from 8am to 1pm ECHS will host an on campus top-level glimpse into electrical apprenticeship. Two groups of students will examine the many career opportunities that highly skilled training offers through the Electrical Training Institute (ETI) of San Diego. This education is jointly sponsored by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), and the International Brotherhood of the Electrical Workers (IBEW). There are over 300 other electrical training centers like ETI with the partners of NECA and IBEW all over the United States where men and women prepare for a career in the electrical construction industry.
The idea of presenting skilled apprenticeships as another career path was the outcome of a friendly discussion with local city and Escondido Chamber leaders. “Beginning a career with no financial debt, an opportunity to start 401k investments at an early age and qualify for a pension with full benefits is huge, not to mention the competitive wage,”- commented James Rowten CEO of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce. The Chambers’ Board Chair Don Romo added, “bringing together all stakeholders and presenting tangible options for our youth beyond the traditional 4-year undergraduate degree in a hands-on approach like this, is needed and well worth our investment”.
Electrical Training Institute apprenticeship classes are credited through Palomar College, San Marcos. All classes are held in classrooms and labs at ETI’s training facility in San Diego and/or Imperial County. “Apprenticeship combines paid on-the-job and classroom training where you ‘earn while you learn’ with no tuition cost. “This is more than a job; it is a lifelong career,”- explained former graduate of ETI, Cristina Márquez ETI Outreach Coordinator and Journeyman.