An Oregon-based electrical industry group recently received a $125,000 Workforce Grant, which it will use to develop online training for electricians in Oregon. The group, which comprises Blue Volt LLC, Platt Electric, the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) of Oregon, and National Electrical Contractors Association and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 48 (NECA/IBEW), partnered with Clackamas Community College to submit the grant proposal to Oregon’s Workforce System.

The participating companies formed the cluster to address the electrical industry’s growing demand for a Web-based educational offering. This online training will provide a way for electricians to meet continuing education requirements for license renewal. The introduction of online educational programs is also timely due to the budgetary constraints of and recent reductions in the level of face-to-face and correspondence courses offered by the Oregon Building Codes Division.