Electrical Board Wants to Switch on Kids’ Careers

By on July 17, 2017

The Electrical Board of Missouri and Illinois is taking steps to emulate a successful Georgia-based program that encourages young people to finish school and prepare for careers.

Electrical wire and cable manufacturer Southwire Company  of Carrollton, GA has a very successful program called 12forLife. The cooperative education program, now in its 10th year, helps students gain extra motivation to finish 12 years of school and enjoy better lives. The program provides  students with classroom instruction, on-the-job training, key work/life skills, mentoring, and employment opportunities.

Bill Regan, president of the EBMI was approached about the bringing the program here by Dave Meglio of Meglio and Associates.  

“Dave asked if I would assist him with the endeavor, but he has done the majority of the calls to set up meetings to learn what type of programs are available in the region. He also made calls to various school districts to get their involvement. Until Dave could line up a school district, I didn’t want to bring the idea to the EBMI Board of Directors or our membership,” Regan wrote in the July issue of EBMI’s Flash newsletter

“We have presented the 12forLife program to the key management of the Ritenour School District and received very favorable comments and a commitment to work with Dave’s group. Dave and Dr. Chris Kilbride, superintendent of Ritenour School District gave a short presentation at our June Board of Directors meeting. The Board members then gave me permission to stay involved in the program and to keep them informed on our progress. Our goal is to have students working in area companies by January 2018.”

Regan said that EBMI is looking for  10-12 companies to hire the  first group. “We may not find a manufacturing operation like Southwire so we are focusing on office and warehouse positions,” he wrote.

Companies interested in learning more and/or attending an information meeting in August should call Bill Regan August at 636-305-6434 or  email bill@electricalboard.org.


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