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.