With veterans among them, and some veteran-owned companies to benefit from their new skills, Mt. Carmel joined celebrations for the newest Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training graduates recognized in ceremonies July 19. The event was hosted by IBEW Local Union 113 and NECA Southern Colorado Chapter. The 67th Annual Apprentice Completion Ceremony also celebrated 330 years of service represented in presentation of service pins to first-year apprentices through 65-year members. “I still love what I do and have a passion for it; when you have a passion, it’s not a job,” said Dan Rockhill II, owner of Rockhill Electrical Systems.
Every Rockhill job still has Dan’s hand on it. He was presented his own pin representing 50 years of membership and watched his son James receive his 20 year pin at the ceremony. Dan served on the apprenticeship committee over 25 years interviewing apprentice candidates referred from organizations including Mt. Carmel and our partners at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. “We have 20 minutes to interview and determine if a candidate has potential to succeed in this apprenticeship.” Electrical workers remain one of the most highly-skilled and in-demand trades with wages ranging from $27-100K-plus from a first year apprentice to a supervisor electrician. Mt. Carmel and our partners can help Veterans enter this growing career opportunity.