Establishing student organizations at colleges and universities to encourage young people to consider careers in electrical contracting is part of our association’s multi-pronged approach to heading off potential managerial shortfalls in our industry. As the market for electrical contracting services expands in diverse directions, finding capable managers to oversee current projects and plan for future growth is becoming a challenge for many contractors.
The NECA Student Chapter program consists of student-run chapters that are supported by NECA chapters and university faculty. Developing future managers through activities involving the best and brightest students is especially important because managerial and administrative personnel in EC firms must not only understand the business but also be able to work effectively in teams, solve complex problems, and communicate clearly. It behooves us to inspire smart, capable young people to join us — before some other industry snatches them away!