STEM Education

Electrical Connection Commits $500,000 To Saint Louis Science Center STEM Education Programs

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The Electrical Connection is strengthening its six-year-long partnership with the Saint Louis Science Center by increasing its financial commitment to $500,000 over the next five years.  The funding will be used to support the Science Center’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs.  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

“As the leading organization in the electrical and communication industry, the Electrical Connection has been a great partner,” said Bert Vescolani, president and CEO of the Science Center. “We are grateful for continued support of our STEM education programs that advance our mission to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning.”

In 2013, the Electrical Connection sponsored new state-of-the art lighting for the James S. McDonnell Planetarium and provided relevant industry expertise on the applications of STEM subjects, including robotics, building automation and renewable energy.

“The Science Center’s mission aligns well with our efforts to train the next generation electrical and communications workforce,” said Frank Jacobs, business manager, IBEW Local 1.  “With our NECA partners, we invest $3 million annually in training the workforce that installs and maintains the technology for automation, the digital age, connectivity, renewable and traditional forms of energy.”  Jacobs serves on the Science Center’s board of trustees.

The Electrical Connection partnership operates the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center in St. Louis. Founded in 1941, it is the nation’s first registered electrical training program. Since then, it has trained more electricians and communication technicians than any education program in Missouri.  The five-year, 10,000-hour training program is funded by IBEW/NECA at no taxpayer expense.

“Our workforce development spans more than 70 years and is committed to keeping pace with new technologies defining our future,” said Doug Martin, CEO, St. Louis Chapter NECA.  “The Science Center has been a great partner in helping educate the public on the ever more complex electrical and communications infrastructure that our contractors engineer, install and maintain.”

Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection noted that the partnership has been particularly effective in the area of renewable energy.  “Our Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) pairs well with the Science Center’s electric and autonomous vehicle education initiatives,” said Curran.  “For the electric and autonomous vehicle market to thrive there must absolute confidence that quality, licensed contractors and electricians are installing the infrastructure for fixed charging stations supporting the vehicles”

The mission of the Saint Louis Science Center is to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning. Named a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate in 2016, the Saint Louis Science Center features more than 700 interactive exhibits, as well as a five-story OMNIMAX® Theater, Boeing Hall and the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. For more information about the Saint Louis Science Center, please visit slsc.org.

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information, visit www.electricalconnection.org.

Photo Above: The Electrical Connection presents a check to the Saint Louis Science Center to support STEM programs.  Left to right are Bert Vescolani, president and CEO of the Saint Louis Science Center; Doug Martin, CEO, St. Louis Chapter National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA); Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection; Frank Jacobs, business manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local

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Electrical Connection Honors Outstanding Students in STEM Education

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18 St. Charles High School Students Saluted for Excelling in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mat

The best and brightest high school students in St. Charles County were saluted in the 8thAnnual STEM Celebration Breakfast, co-sponsored by the Electrical Connection.  The annual salute recognized 18 students that excel in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math.  The STEM Celebration Breakfast, presented by EDC Business & Community Partners in St. Charles County,was held Friday March 3, 2017 at the Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters, Mo.  The Electrical Connection is a labor-management partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

STEM is a national and regional effort to better prepare the workforce of tomorrow by encouraging today’s students to engage more in studies, events and careers involving science, technology, engineering and math.

“You can’t help but be inspired by these high achievers,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection.  “We are proud to salute their success and one day envision working with them as they bring forth new ideas that will be served by an equal level of innovation by the IBEW/NECA electrical industry.”

The STEM breakfast is one of several educational initiatives support by the Electrical Connection.  Others include partnerships with the FIRST Robotics, the Saint Louis Science CenterMathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club and more.

The St. Charles County students honored at this year’s STEM breakfast include:

  • Joseph Cassidy, Fort Zumwalt North High School
  • Will Cavanagh, Fort Zumwalt South High School
  • James Dohrman, Francis Howell North High School
  • Kurtis Dressel, Lutheran High School of St. Charles County
  • Noel Kling, Lewis & Clark Career Center
  • Ross Kuemmel, Holt High School
  • Jacob Larson, St. Dominic High School
  • Ajay Makkena, Francis Howell High School
  • Hamza Mansoor, Liberty High School
  • Daniel Motto, Christian High School
  • Lauren Nowakowski, Fort Zumwalt East High School
  • Akash Patel, St. Charles West High School
  • Will Runion, Orchard Farm High School
  • Bradley Schinker, Francis Howell Central HS
  • Alexandra Schulte, Timberland High School
  • Marshall Vaccaro, Fort Zumwalt West High School
  • Ethan Wetter, Duchesne High School
  • Karen Ye, St. Charles High School

Electrical Connection members provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information visit www.electricalconnection.org.

Above Photo: 18 St. Charles County high school student were saluted by the Electrical Connection for excelling in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math.

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