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NECA and IBEW attend Maryland Chamber of Commerce “Externship” Celebration

On September 30th, Members from Maryland NECA, DC NECA, Local 24 and Local 26 attended the 2021 Teacher Externship Celebration held by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis. The Maryland Chamber Foundation’s Teacher Externship Program is a four-week summer program that bridges the gap between businesses and educators by pairing high school teachers with top Maryland businesses who provide hands-on experience in industries related to the subjects they teach. Maryland teachers then bring this knowledge back to the classroom, where they can empower their students with the essential information and skills they need to begin down a lucrative career path. Teacher externs receive a stipend from the Maryland Chamber Foundation for their work, and gain invaluable experiences and perspectives that they can share with their students—through field trips, enhanced lesson plans, and exciting classroom activities—when they return to the classroom in the fall.

In its third year, the Maryland Chamber Foundation Teacher Externship Program is staged to impact thousands of Maryland students in 2021 as they consider their future careers. The industry and technical knowledge teachers gain allow them to enhance their curriculum and educate their students on both the hard and soft skills required to enter the workforce and obtain a livable-wage career. Up from three participating teachers in 2020, the 25 teacher externs represent a 766% growth in the program in 2021.

Freestate Electric was also involved in this year’s class, hosting Dennis Poe, an electrical teacher at Croom Vocational High School in Prince George’s County.

For more information about the Teacher Externship Program, click here.


Pictured (left to right): Michael Harris, Joe Dabbs, Al Aus Jr., Will Yull, Mike McHale, Tom Clark, Greg Bayliff, Rhett Roe, JT Thomas and David Howell.

Local’s Where It’s At!

Local 26 distributes locally made hand sanitizer to local and regional contractors & more

IBEW Local 26 electricians have heart. When they discovered that hand sanitizer had become difficult to purchase, as a result of many snatching up cleaning supplies during the pandemic, they snapped into action. Seen as a win-win by the local union, 26 was able to purchase large quantities of the sanitizer from two local small businesses, McClintock Distilling and Baltimore Spirits Company, then distribute it to their workforce in need.

The Reach at The Kennedy Center

Electrical Alliance Honored With Every WBC Craftsman Award

Electrical Alliance contractors, powered by their well-trained, skilled, union workforce, provide the highest level of quality for the jobs they service and supply workers for. Their workforce’s attention to safety, elevates them above the rest. Thus, it is no wonder that year-over-year Electrical Alliance electricians continue to sweep The Washington Building Congress (WBC) awards.

A Season Of Giving

The 2019 holiday season brought about feelings of giving and gratitude for IBEW Local 26, the JATC and RENEW Group as it seems to each year. The organizations’ annual food drive did not disappoint. Leading up to Christmas the groups jointly collected and raised funds to donate over $8,000 worth of non-perishable food items, along with 35 gently used coats.

Electrical Alliance Endows Virginia Tech Scholarship

The Electrical Alliance has established an endowment at Virginia Tech through the Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc. The Electrical Alliance Norman Hill Scholarship will endow $100,000 to the university for the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, in consultation with the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. This endowment will thusly support one scholarship award every school year, over the next five years, to a student involved in the Vecellio Construction Engineering and Management Program (VCEMP).

A Helping Hand This Holiday Season

IBEW Local 26 was busy this December collecting food and charitable donations to benefit S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat) in Washington, D.C. Collected donations totaled over $8,000 worth of food. Generous contributions were provided by IBEW Local 26, day and night school students of the JATC and holiday party donations from Local 26 members. Electrical Alliance contractor C3M Power Systems LLC contributed cash, as well as food donations; and, Perlectric., Inc, another Electrical Alliance contractor, donated Giant Food gift cards. IBEW Local 26 has held an annual holiday food drive since 2008.