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Electricians program offered again at United Tribes
12 March 2012

BISMARCK (UTN) - United Tribes Technical College is offering a new round of training for Native Americans interested in becoming electricians. The college began accepting applications today (March 12) for its "Native American Electrician's Training Program."

      The program is scheduled for 16 weeks. Eight weeks of pre-apprenticeship instruction, including classroom and hands-on training, is set to begin May 29 and run through July 20, followed by eight weeks of apprenticeship work.

At right, Kenneth Clark (Muskogee/Creek/Tlingit) talks about an electrical circuit with Jordan Goulet (Turtle Mountain) during the United Tribes 2010 Native electricians "boot camp" at the NJATC training facility in Bismarck, ND.
DENNIS J. NEUMANN<>United Tribes News

      When the inaugural course was offered in 2010 it attracted Native students representing tribes in eight states around the nation. It became known as Native electricians "boot camp."

      "Judging from the previous course, we expect about 200 applications," said Barbara Schmitt, United Tribes Economic Development Director and coordinator of the electricians program. "The class size is limited so the application process is important."

      United Tribes will accept applications until April 2.

      Detailed information about program requirements and application forms can be accessed online at the college website, www.uttc.edu, under events and announcements by clicking on Native American Electricians Program.

      United Tribes offers the current, short-term training as part of a comprehensive jobs training initiative known as the Tribal College Consortium for Developing Montana and North Dakota Workforce, which involves four tribal colleges in the two states. One of the program's priorities is to build training and education programs that meet industry standards, partner with industry experts, and address workforce needs.

      Working with United Tribes for the electricians training are the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association, along with the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC).

      Classroom training takes place on the United Tribes campus. Hands-on training is located at the NJATC's facility, also in Bismarck.

      For more information contact Jackie Benson or Barbara Schmitt 701-255-3285 x 1447 or x 1436, jbenson@uttc.edu, bschmitt@uttc.edu.


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