We truly appreciate our hardworking apprentices and our IEC apprenticeship instructors, who had an especially challenging last semester. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s IEC apprenticeship and graduation ceremony was held virtually. But we still wanted to recognize our hardworking and high achieving apprentices in person. On Friday, June 5th, a special lunch and short program were held in their honor at the Clearwater office. In spite of the circumstances, we still rewarded our employees for their hard work, dedication, and skill. While maintaining physical distancing and taking all necessary precautions to ensure safety, we were able to celebrate our apprentices and the effort they put forth. After a delicious lunch served outside from the APG food trailer, the apprentices were called by year to receive their bonus letters and merit certificates.
Our celebration wasn’t the only one, however. The IEC Florida West Coast Chapter Graduation ceremony was unlike any other, as the program was held virtually on YouTube and it went live on Thursday, July 16th at 7:00 pm.
The program began with a slideshow of all of the graduating apprentices, including our very own Joshua Day, Jesus Deluna, David Dueker, Michael Elverd, Tyler Harder, Ryan Hynes, Jeffrey Johnson, Stefanos Katsiopis, Dale Kimball, Jeffrey King, James Knapp, Kenneth Kubler, Carlos Largel Jr, Brian Latham, Dirk Osgood Ebanks, and Andrew Stock. It then moved to a graduation speakers segment, followed by recognition for those with four years of perfect attendance, and afterward the Instructor Awards. Congratulations to Anthony Harwood Thomas for receiving the Rising Star Award! The next part of the program highlighted the honor apprentices, which included APG apprentices David Dueker, Jeffrey King, James Knapp, and Andrew Stock. Finally, the socially-distanced Wire Off results were displayed. We were so proud to have four finalists: David Dueker, Ryan Hynes, Brian Latham, and Andrew Stock! And we were even more excited to learn that Andrew Stock was the winner! Not only that, Andrew was honored for achieving the IEC Graduate Trifecta—perfect attendance all four years, honor apprentice, and Wire Off winner.
We know that this school year was especially difficult, but our instructors and graduates went above and beyond. That’s why we were proud to present our sixty-two apprentices with a combined total of $55,000 for their achievements in the IEC apprenticeship program. To all of our apprentices, congratulations on a job well done and thank you for your dedication to learning our trade!