Two more student chapters – from Kent State University in Ohio and Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana – have joined the National Electrical Contractors Association.
The chapter for Kent State, located in northeastern Ohio, was chartered on Oct. 9. It is sponsored by NECA’s North Central Ohio and Greater Cleveland Chapters.
Kent State boasts over 245,000 alumni worldwide. More than 38,000 students are enrolled on its eight campuses with a student body representing 104 counties, according to the school’s’ website. The university was founded as a teacher-training school in 1910 and has grown to become a dynamic force in the region and a leading institution of higher learning in Ohio.
Ivy Tech, based in Indianapolis, was chartered on Dec. 10. It is sponsored by NECA’s Central Indiana Chapter, which also sponsors Purdue University and Ball State University.
Ivy Tech has more than 40 locations and offers courses in 150 programs. Founded in 1963 as Indiana Vocational Technical College, it has grown to become the largest public postsecondary institution in Indiana and the largest singly-accredited statewide community college system in the entire country.
NECA now has 36 student chapters in the United States and Canada. Any college or university with a construction management or related program that encourages students to pursue careers in the electrical construction industry is eligible to apply for NECA affiliation as a student chapter.
ABOUT NECA STUDENT CHAPTERS
NECA’s goal is to establish and nurture successful, productive NECA student chapters. Some of the benefits of involvement include interaction with local NECA contractors and prospective employers; field trips to job sites and contractor headquarters; grants awarded by ELECTRI International; opportunities to participate in annual student competitions and win cash award; expanded horizons through participation in the student service projects.
At the national level, NECA and ELECTRI International support NECA student chapters in a variety of ways, including presenting the annual Green Energy Challenge student competition and holding a NECA Student Chapter Summit in conjunction with NECA’s annual convention. ELECTRI International sponsors the Student Passport Initiative in which student chapter teams compete by proposing projects that advance efficient and sustainable energy solutions for rural, developing communities.
Go to www.necanet.org/professional-development/careers-in-electrical-contracting/colleges-universities/student-chapters for more information about NECA’s student chapters, and be sure to visit NECA’s student chapter pages on Facebook and LinkedIn to connect and participate in discussions.