The NIETC celebrates its 89th year with another outstanding group of graduating apprentices. A total of 139 men and women from throughout the jurisdiction attended the annual graduation event at the Airport Sheraton Hotel for their final act of apprenticeship: Graduation.
As the group gathered, LU 48 Business Manager Gary Young provided a reflection on the importance and value of the apprenticeship and each of their individual accomplishments. NECA Chapter Manager Tim Gauthier also addressed the group, revisiting the job at hand, the apprenticeship experience, and reporting to work each day without asking “Why?” He reminded them all that working to serve the customer while taking pride in their work is truly inspiring.
Mr. Curtis Robinhold, Port of Portland Executive Director, gave the keynote address, offering graduates and guests a glimpse of what the Port has to offer. He noted how each of them, likely had an impact in developing the Port to where it is today. He also noted that the IBEW makes up the largest bargaining unit at the Port. IBEW’s people, skills and abilities are what make the Port a success in its very technical and unique operations: from runway lighting to conveyors and baggage handling.
Kelly Kupcak, Oregon Tradeswomen Executive Director thanked all the graduates for being progressive and helping women make a difference in the trades.
Graduate awards were presented for top honors in the Inside, Limited Energy and Residential programs. Esteban Corona led the Residential group, while Jude Hlifka led the L.E group and Keirant Bryerton took top honors for the Inside program. Ken Brown was also recognized for his accomplishment, taking 3rd place in the 2017 Western States Electrical Contest. Following graduate awards, the graduates made the final trek across the stage to receive their diplomas and various gifts from the JATC, Platt Electric Supply, Danner Footwear and Milwaukee Tool.