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1. Identify a university with curriculum and programs that relate to the electrical construction industry. Construction Management, Engineering, Business, and general administrative support tracks are an easy fit for NECA Student Chapters. Even if the curriculum or programs do not completely align with the EC industry, there may be opportunities for contractors to provide additional education and training through guest speaking opportunities, capstone support, and more! Additionally, do some research to identify if any contractors have specific ties to the university—these connections could help strengthen outreach at the university. Connections could include alumni or contractors who have completed projects on campus.
2. Connect with the local NECA chapter and its Board of Directors to discuss opportunities to engage with the university. A successful NECA Student Chapter requires support and engagement from the local NECA chapter and contractors. The local NECA chapter and contractors are the gateway for students to build their network, learn about the industry, and explore careers. Before reaching out to the university to start a NECA Student Chapter, the local NECA chapter and its Board of Directors need to grant approval to establish a partnership. When you are presenting to the NECA Chapter’s Board, be sure to highlight the goals and opportunities of establishing a NECA Student Chapter.
Some highlights may include:
3. Reach out to the university to schedule a partnership meeting. Once there is approval from the local NECA chapter and Board of Directors, it is time to schedule a meeting with the university to discuss partnership opportunities. It is crucial to highlight the benefits for the university to pursue a partnership.
Once the application is reviewed and approved by the NECA Executive Committee, ELECTRI International will be in contact with the local NECA Chapter to kick-off the new NECA Student Chapter. Should the application not be approved, ELECTRI International will follow up with further information.
For questions regarding Student Chapters, please contact Anna Jochim.