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If you’ve ever thought about furthering your education, IBEW partner Excelsior College may have the online program for you.

On April 11, the non-profit, fully accredited institution is holding a virtual “Open Admit Day” for IBEW members who would like to discuss their higher education options. Thirty-minute appointments are available with IBEW Workforce Partnership Ambassador Stephanie Cietek from 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. EDT, where she can help answer questions about available degree programs and how to apply.

“We see a lot of our members take advantage of Excelsior’s programs,” said International Representative Anna Jerry, who serves the IBEW’s Utility Department. “Some people need degrees to make a move into management. Others just want to stay competitive in shifting job markets or to change careers altogether,” she said. “Higher education, particularly when it’s online and fits into a busy work schedule, can be a great back up plan for a lot of people.”

Excelsior is unique in that it offers generous course credits for company-provided training programs and certifications, many of which are applicable to the institution’s degree programs. “It’s a nice benefit,” Jerry said. “You’ve already done the work, so it helps not to have to pay for it a second time.”

Excelsior offers degree programs in technology and engineering, business, nursing and more. A full listing can be found on its website.

Those interested in participating in the Open Admit Day should contact Cietek by email at scietek@excelsior.edu or by phone at (518) 608-8165.

April 10th, 2017|

Breakfast with Tennessee State legislatures


On Tuesday March 21, The Tennessee State Electrical Workers Association was in Nashville to meet with the senate and house leaders of Tennessee. The social gathering provided the opportunity to discuss our concerns with the legislature, in a friendly setting, about the challenges we face on both sides in our state concerning the future of education programs in the skilled labor trades. Representing east Tennessee was Tim Tate, JR Cummings and Jason Leary. The goal was to let our legislatures know about the training we have provided since 1941 in our apprenticeship programs and beyond. With the demand ever increasing of skilled labor, apprenticeships are a great alternative to a college degree that is commonplace. Working with one’s hands is a very rewarding and stable future. Francis of Assisi explained it best when he said “He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” The DOL certified apprenticeships offered by the TSEWA and the IBEW are looking to create the next generation of artists and promote a future that offers any individual a high standard of living for themselves and their families.

March 24th, 2017|


   The I.B.E.W’s 39th Annual International Convention is only a few weeks away, and The I.B.E.W is returning home to St. Louis, Missouri where it all began with Henry Miller and the founding fathers. Donations are now being accepted to help preserve the Henry Miller boarding house at http://www.nbew-ibewmuseum.org/ . With your donation, you can receive a commemorative T-Shirt, Brass, Copper or Silver coins, or even Decorative bricks to be displayed at the historical site. The I.B.E.W. has a proud history and has stood up for working men and women since 1891. The goals and objectives are the same today as they were back then and can still be found at the beginning in the Declaration of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Constitution. Let us continue to  keep history alive. To learn more, the Henry Miller story can also be found on youtube. 

National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers of America

Features Intro

“The NBEW was founded in the Saint Louis boarding house where Miller was living, that building still stands today”

President Edwin Hill, The Henry Miller Story, December 14, 2009

August 25th, 2016|

IBEW and The Next Generation

RENEW Document

“I believe that no man who holds a leader’s position should ever accept favors from either side. He is then committed to show favors. A leader must stand alone.” Mother Jones

The future of any organization is always dependent on the members who come up through the ranks and carry on the traditions. The IBEW is no different. With the RENEW program, the IBEW is always looking to keep their younger members involved and informed and to retain the highest standards in the trade. Just like in the days of Henry Miller, we look to our younger members to carry on the fight for better wages and benefits, safety standards, and to have the best quality training available for our members.


June 30th, 2016|