IBEW 246 recognizes its newest journeyman wiremen

STEUBENVILLE – Seven inside wireman apprentices have finished their five-year apprenticeship program, and each has earned an associate’s degree from Eastern Gateway Community College.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 246 and the Steubenville Division of the National Electrical Contractors Association recognized the graduation with a dinner and ceremony at Williams Country Club.

The celebration marks the completion of more than 8,000 hours of on-the-job training, accompanied by 1,000 hours of classroom training during the last five years. The seven moved to journeyman status and all seven earned enough college credits to be awarded an associate degrees of technical studies. This is the sixth group to complete the training and receive college degrees.

Instructor Richard Cesta, who just completed his master’s degree from the University of Arkansas, spoke to the graduating apprentices about furthering their education. State Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, and state Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, presented certificates to the apprentices.

Anthony Shreve of the NECA and Steubenville apprenticeship director praised the journeymen for their dedication and professionalism. He acknowledged their family members who supported the students as they worked, attended training and took college classes.

The graduating apprentices received certificates of completion from the U.S. Department of Labor and NJATC. Additionally, they were awarded IBEW/NECA class insignia rings and framed journeyman plaques.

New journeymen and college graduates include John Corey Smith of Lisbon, Brad Ensell of Mingo Junction, Norm Hewitt of Wintersville, Ryan Omaits of Dillonvale, Josh Richardson of Wintersville, Joel Robertson Jr. of Toronto and Adam Yeater of Chester.

Christina Wanat, Eastern Gateway dean of student learning, presented diplomas to the associate’s degree program graduates.

Robertson received the John Habash Award for Outstanding Apprentice. This award is named in honor of longtime apprentice instructor and IBEW leader John Habash of Steubenville. The award is based on excellence in classroom training, leadership and on-the-job performance. Robertson will be one of 50 outstanding apprentices attending a summer session in Grand Rapids, Mich., this summer to further their knowledge of the electrical construction industry.

Information on the apprenticeship program can be obtained by contacting IBEW Local Union 246 in Steubenville.