Florida Independent Electrical Contractors sponsoring JJ Yeley in Daytona


Independent Electrical Contractors Florida will sponsor JJ Yeley at Daytona. Image courtesy of MBM Motorsports.

NASCAR racing is about tradition, hard work, healthy competition and ultimately winners; and for Independent Electrical Contractors Florida (IEC), these values ​​are equally important. The National Association of Independent Electrical Contractors and its West Coast Florida IEC Chapter were built on the tradition and merit workshop philosophy that hard work combined with healthy competition among contractors produces winners. . Like a NASCAR driver who transitions from racing at his local tracks to racing under the lights of Daytona, the journey of the future electrician reflects the same working philosophy. Those who start as apprentices at IEC progress to journeyman electricians and business owners whose businesses might, one day, service those lights in Daytona.

The electrical industry is eagerly looking for new electricians and the IEC uses its tool, MyElectricCareer.com, to help introduce the industry to the next generation of electricians and electrical contractors. Electrical apprenticeship programs provide entry to an essential career opportunity for those who enjoy hands-on training and want to start a high-paying career without incurring college debt.

For too long, high school students have been told that college is the best, if not the only, path to success after high school. But if NASCAR teaches us anything, it’s that there’s more than one way to the checkered flag. Just as every NASCAR team has different pit strategies, car setups, race plans, and ways to win, IEC believes there are many strategies, setups, and plans for our students to win in life as well. The IEC advocates presenting all career options equally to students, parents, school leaders and government officials.

While many students will go to school for four or more years hoping to find a well-paying job while struggling with insurmountable debt, the IEC program offers the exact opposite. Apprentices work and are paid full time while attending school. The IEC state and nationally accredited apprenticeship program is a four-year course that leads to a journeyman electrician license and up to 42 college credits through the American College of Education, state colleges and technical colleges in Florida and the United States.

IEC Florida West Coast serves Panhandle students in Jacksonville and Pinellas County with in-person classes at Tallahassee Community College, Hillsborough Community College, Pinellas Technical College, Traviss Technical College in Polk County, Marchman Technical College in Pasco County and at the IEC site in Jacksonville with MetroPower. IEC Florida West Coast also offers an online learning program for those unable to travel to one of the campuses in person.

Living in an era where the emphasis was on the “college for all” mentality of the past decades, Florida and our nation have realized that we need to focus on rebuilding the skilled workforce through recruiting, training and education. IEC is excited to offer a solution to these issues through our sponsorship with Car #66 and MyElectricCareer.com; and hope to inspire a new group of apprentices to be part of a 60-year-old merit-based program that produces world-class essential electricians.

Natasha Sherwood, executive director of IEC Florida West Coast, believes it’s time to change the talk about what students can do after high school. Instead of the question, “Which college are you looking at?” She suggests we ask, “What career are you looking to get into and how can I help you get there?” “.

Daytona has arguably one of the richest traditions in NASCAR. It is often considered the most prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, carrying by far the biggest purse. When JJ Yeley and MBM Motorsports hit the track at Daytona this weekend, they’ll be doing more than trying to win one of NASCAR’s most prestigious races. On Saturday August 26, car #66 will help create a new kind of tradition. It will help raise awareness while trying to change the narrative and public opinion about apprenticeships, skilled trades and the electrical industry. It will encourage both high school students and those who are unemployed or underemployed across the country to consider apprenticeship as a viable option for their future success. Driver #66 Yeley says: “I’m super excited to be driving the IEC car this weekend because of what it stands for and the mission behind it.”

So when you see the #66 electric blue and neon green “MyElectricCareer.com” car racing down the speedway, know that you’re aiming for more than a win at Daytona. You encourage all high school students to have more post-graduate options than the traditional college path. Catch all the action this Friday at Daytona with the NASCAR Xfinity Series Wawa 250 starting at 7:30 p.m.

—MBM Motorsport—


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