CEC Celebrates First-Ever Technical Career Advancement Program Graduates

March 29, 2021 | CEC News

Training program prepares apprentices for technology careers

Hiawatha, IA (March 29, 2021) – CEC (Communications Engineering Company), a nationally recognized technology solutions provider and systems integrator in the Midwest, is excited to announce the first three graduates of its Technical Career Advancement Program (TCAP).

This Electronic Systems Technician Registered Apprenticeship Program was launched in 2018 in collaboration with the IowaWORKS Center and U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship. On March 26, CEC recognized TCAP’s first three graduates. All three completed the program early and are now employed full-time at CEC:

  • Mitch Penaflor joined the program in 2018 from Hamilton Technical College and is now a service technician in CEC’s Davenport office
  • Riley Pirkl joined the program in 2018 from Clear Creek Amana High School is a technician II in CEC’s Hiawatha office
  • Tyler Toom joined the program in 2018 from Hamilton Technical College and is a technician II in CEC’s Davenport office

TCAP is a four-year program that combines on-the-job training with classroom-style instruction provided by CEC. While they learn, apprentices earn a paycheck, receive benefits such as health insurance and 401k plans, and graduate with valuable technology training and no student debt.

“People growth journeys are a priority for CEC,” says Shereen Bender, CEC’s vice president of people and organizational excellence. “We built the TCAP program to make it a reality for a generation that is ready to grow their careers in technology in a structured yet flexible program. It has already paid dividends!”

After completing months of general industry education, apprentices choose their technology specialization: AV, safety and security, or structured cabling. After gaining hands-on skills in their selected area, the final step is to complete important industry and manufacturer certifications that ensure they’re able to meet customer expectations.

“CEC’s comprehensive Registered Apprenticeship program ensures that their apprentices thrive in the training environment. Through CEC’s fantastic level of commitment, they have developed successful and skilled employees,” says Kate Pine, IowaWORKS business marketing specialist. “For businesses, the Registered Apprenticeship earn-and-learn model is a great way to invest in Iowa’s future.”  

Upon program completion, graduates have cutting-edge skills and experiences needed to fill technician, project foreman, and electronic systems technician positions at CEC. In these roles, they can build their real-world skills to advance to higher-level engineering positions.

To learn more about the program or application process, visit https://www.cecinfo.com/about-cec/careers/tcap/

About CEC

With offices in the Midwest serving local and national customers, CEC offers solution design, integration, and technical services specializing in audio/video, fire and security, healthcare communications, IT, and two-way communications. Focused on creating world class technology experiences, the CEC team partners with clients to understand their businesses, tailor solutions, and plan for future technology needs. To learn more, visit www.cecinfo.com.

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