NIETC Graduation Ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Hotel

On April 29, 2022, NECA and IBEW opened the doors to another amazing event, celebrating graduates from the class of 2021/2022. Honored at the Convention Center Hyatt Regency

were 169 newly turned-out members in a grand celebration, marking the return of in-person gatherings and celebrating the successes of the last several years.

Graduates were invited to attend the Union-built venue to celebrate the 93rd year of the

NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center and the grand tradition of excellence in all that NECA-IBEW offers. A social hour was followed by dinner and then a few remarks by IBEW LU 48 Business Manager Garth Bachman and NECA Oregon-Columbia Chapter Manager Tim Gauthier.

Bachman spoke of the training already accomplished and that it is just beginning; early mornings and long days, and not forgetting about family all being part of the adventure with

many options ahead. Gauthier followed with comments about the changes in the industry, technology and how we are all affected, while reminding everyone to take time to “live” and enjoy life along the way. Both provided optimism and sage advice for the new journey workers.

2022 Graduate Top Gun

Awards were handed out to Top Graduates from each program, recognizing Nicholas Chully (Residential), Zachary Daugherty (Limited Energy) and Matthew Kaehler (Inside Wireman).

Those earning an Associate Degree from Mt. Hood Community College were Ryan Oligschlager, Mara Swan, David Spracklen, Anthony Chipman, Andrew Cunningham, Samuel Green and Jill Turnquist.

Two graduates were recognized for scoring 100% on the Oregon JW exam – no simple feat: Matthew Kaehler and Matthew Akeman.

The “Top Gun” honor for outstanding achievement was awarded to Alissa Lenczowski.

The ceremony wrapped up with graduates crossing the stage with their diplomas and gifts followed by a group photo. Todd King of Milwaukee Tool, Matt Maleta of Klein Tools, and Lee Bowman and Ryan Senn with Platt Electric were present as sponsors and offered prizes and gifts for all of the graduates and award winners.

The future looks bright for this group, as well as the entire organized electrical industry, if this group is any indication of what to expect. Congratulations NECA-IBEW class of 2021/ 2022!

Rod Belisle

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