electrical training alliance; neca ibew Ithaca JATC Professional Training for Electricians

Training Facility


Renovations Completed
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The Ithaca Electricians JATC and IBEW Local Union #241 have moved into their new home at 134 Cecil A. Malone Drive in Ithaca.

The 9.500 square foot facility is comprised of 6,500 square feet for the JATC Training Center and 3,000 square feet of leased office space for the Local Union staff.

The renovation of the facility included the use of extensive LED technology in both the inside and outside lighting systems along with lighting control in every space. The lighting load was reduced by 60% over the previous usage. We will also include a roof mounted solar system complete with state of the art graphics in the spring of 2014.

The JATC space has 3 distinct sections. The first is classroom space with a student lounge and kitchen area. The center section houses a computer lab. The third space consists of hands on labs and rooms for certification activities. The class room space includes a Smart Board and other state of the art educational elements. The computer lab will enable us to participate in the Blended Learning and LMS initiatives that are going to change the way we teach and that apprentices and journeyman learn. We will also be giving our aptitude test on line. The construction of the certification rooms and work booths provide an opportunity for us to enhance hands on elements in all of our training.

We met our initial challenge, which was to include as much of the overall program as possible before we occupied the facility. We are now focusing on redefining and prioritizing the remaining program over the next few years. So, while we still have some work to do, we are extremely happy to be occupying the space and look forward to continuing to improve the space and the quality of training.

This was truly a collaborative effort between IBEW Local Union #241 and the NECA Southern Tier Chapter and exemplifies that very effective partnership. A huge thanks to both organizations and their leadership, Business Manager Michael Talarski and Chapter Manager Bruce Condie for their guidance and support.

More to come as we continue our effort to provide the very best training for our apprentices and journeyman and provide our contractors with a work force that will enable them to successfully serve their customers.


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