PLATTSBURGH — Clinton Community College has added a new degree program that brings with it a partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union.
The Industrial/Commercial Electrician Associate of Occupational Studies is a two-year (60 credit) program that prepares students for careers as electricians, in both residential and commercial applications, CCC President Ray DiPasquale said in a press release.
It provides a pathway for graduates of the local Champlain Valley Educational Services electrical program to further their education and also gives high school graduates and career-changing adults another pathway to a rewarding occupation, the release said.
The ICE degree is the first of its kind at Clinton, an Associate in Occupational Studies degree.
NO LIBERAL ARTS
All the courses in an AOS degree program focus on a core subject and relate directly to preparing students for a specific career. They do not have the liberal arts requirements that traditional Associate of Applied Science and other degrees have.
“In looking at the educational and workforce needs of our community, offering this new Associate of Occupational Studies degree makes sense,” DiPasquale said.
“All of our technology degrees feature hands-on training, but this approach mirrors a more traditional apprenticeship program.
"It also recognizes the work of the IBEW apprenticeship program, through the added benefit of awarding a college degree.”
"The ICE program presents an exciting new partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 910," the release said.
It will allow journeymen electricians to build on their formal electrical training and thousands of on-the-job training hours that they are required to complete, and earn a degree.
“This will be a big stepping stone for those students who think they aren’t interested in attending college,” IBEW Training Director Alan Smith said in the release.
“Now they can earn a degree while doing what they love — working with their hands.
"Our journeymen complete over 8,000 thousand of hours of training — it is very nice that now they can earn a degree for that learning.
"Colleges and apprenticeships working together like this will help build the future of skilled labor.”
READY TO WORK
Those who successfully complete the IBEW Journeyman Electrician training satisfy 51 credits towards the ICE degree.
This leaves them with only 9 credits (three classes) remaining in order to complete their associate degree at Clinton, the release said.
As well, students who complete the ICE degree at CCC may be better prepared and earn extra points towards their IBEW Journeyman Application.
ICE graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce upon degree completion, the release said.
LABS AND LECTURES
The first year of the program establishes the core knowledge in electrical theories, electrical components, electrical construction and safety, as well as electrical project estimating.
The second year focuses on more advanced electrical skills such as structured wiring and systems, photovoltaics, logic controllers and instrumentation.
The program is a mixture of lecture and laboratory courses with a significant amount of lab time.
The curriculum will emphasize both hands-on skills and academics in order to cultivate the necessary competencies that allow students to pursue a career in the electrical industry, the release summed it up.
Students interested in the new degree can already begin the admissions process for the fall 2019 semester.
For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 518-562-4170.