Skilled Trades Night held at JRE headquarters

Mar 20, 2015


In stride with the recent skilled trades initiatives spearheaded by Governor Rick Snyder, J. Ranck Electric (JRE) hosted a Skilled Trades Night for area students at its headquarters in Mt. Pleasant. Nearly 150 young adults and their parents, representing 20 school districts, came to learn about career paths within the skilled trades industry. “Michigan economy is growing, and the positive business environment and job growth are major reasons for the increasing demand for skilled trades positions,” wrote Governor Snyder in a letter welcoming the students to the event.

Camille Spitzley of GI-TEC in Mt. Pleasant and Steve Pahl, Training Director with the Bay City Joint Apprenticeship Training Center were on hand to share with the students suggestions for preparing themselves for a co-op or apprenticeship in the industry. “I got to talk to a lot of different people and hear different opinions on work paths,” Wyatt Daymon, Vestaburg High School Senior said. “It was helpful to be directed to different places to learn about how to become a lineman after high school.”

JRE office and field employees shared what it has taken them to succeed in their careers. Groups of students and parents visited learning stations in JRE’s warehouse where volunteers demonstrated the skills needed for splicing high voltage cable, wiring electrical panels, generating solar power, installing traffic signals, and operating heavy equipment. Employees shared their career stories, with beginnings ranging from technical centers and apprenticeship programs to college, but all had one common theme: a skilled trades path can lead to a rewarding and stable career choice.

“The huge turnout and wide range of support from school districts including Isabella, Midland, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Saginaw, Mecosta, and Montcalm counties shows the vibrant future that the skilled trades industry has in Michigan,” Angie Wood Vice President and Human Resources Director at JRE said.