Goehring selected as one of “50 Faces of Apprenticeship”


North Dakota’s 16 electric distribution cooperatives and five generation and transmission cooperatives, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, celebrated National Apprenticeship Week Nov. 14 to 20, and highlighted the apprentice linemen and apprentice meter technicians who work for their local cooperatives.

In honor of National Apprenticeship Week, the Department of Labor created the campaign, “50 Faces of Apprenticeship,” to show one apprentice from each state who represents registered apprenticeship and the diversity of its occupations and members.

“We recently hit our goal of 500,000 apprentices, and we want we want the world to know that we have half-a-million apprentices,” notes Barry Dutton, North Dakota state director for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship. “Not only do we want to announce this accomplishment, but we also want to showcase the good work, diversity, and monumental progress being made across the nation. To do so, we plan to highlight apprentices from diverse backgrounds and industries in all 50 states and territories.”

Jesse Goehring, an apprentice lineman who works for Capital Electric Cooperative in Wing, was selected to represent North Dakota in the “50 Faces of Apprenticeship.” He was nominated by the operations department of Capital Electric, in partnership with safety services staff with the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC), Mandan.

Apprenticeship is an “earn-and-learn” training model that combines work-based learning with related classroom instruction using the highest industry standards. Apprenticeship is for those who aspire to be great, lead in innovation and creativity, strive to innovate in business and industry, and recognize the value of combining paid on-the-job learning coupled with a substantial educational component to build generational greatness in careers and commerce.

National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity for the apprenticeship community to tell the story of apprenticeships and is encouragement to leaders in business and industry, education, career seekers, community-based organizations, students and workers to learn about the real-world advantages of developing careers through adoption of the apprenticeship model.

The United States currently has approximately 375,000 apprentices working with more than 150,000 employers. NDAREC reports there are 72 workers enrolled in the apprenticeship program in North Dakota. These apprentices are working toward a career as a line maintainer or a meter repair technician within the electrical utility industry.

“Our apprentice program has had a large impact on our cooperative,” says Rick Dressler, operations supervisor for Capital Electric Cooperative. “We’ve employed many apprentices over the years, and in turn seen our co-op grow, our productivity skyrocket and our employee turnover significantly decrease. I highly encourage those in our business community to establish an apprenticeship program within their own organization.”

Companies that offer apprenticeship programs can diversify their workforce, improve productivity and profitability, standardize training, reduce turnover, receive tax credits and more.

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