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New Credit Program Offers Opportunities for Electrician Instructors

Contact Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug. 9, 2012) – An innovative collaboration between the University of Central Missouri and organizations committed to training electricians has led to new opportunities for teaching professionals in the workplace who want to receive UCM course credit for their off-campus instructor education program.

This new partnership has been created between the university’s Department of Career and Technology Education (CTE), the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC), the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and the
Kansas City Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (KC JATC).

According to Bart Washer, graduate coordinator in CTE, and Lori Cochran, coordinator of the occupational education degree in CTE, master electricians who want to become classroom instructors for their apprenticeship training organizations participate in the NJATC National Training Institute, which is an instructional program comprised of approximately 240 hours of direct instruction over a four-year period. At the request of Charles (Mick) Owens, director of curriculum with the Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Center in Kansas City, the university has determined the NJATC-NTI training curriculum aligns with the current Department of Career and Technology Education curriculum in several course areas, which the university will now count toward a college degree for qualified applicants.  

“We’ve aligned our CTE course competencies with the NJATC-NTI,” Washer said. “This partnership could lead to the NJATC apprenticeship training instructors receiving three credit hours earned in each of five different Career and Technology Education courses. Since all of these UCM courses are currently offered online, this partnership could assist the apprenticeship training instructors as they pursue additional college credits without interfering with their demanding schedules at the training center.”

The UCM courses that are applicable to this partnership include the New Teacher Institute, Curriculum Construction in CTE, Methods of Teaching CTE, Student Performance Assessment in CTE, and Adult Programs in Career Education. Credit for these courses can be applied toward a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education degree or a Master of Science in Career and Technical Education Leadership degree.

Washer said applicants do not have to complete the entire NJATC-NTI program before they enroll at the university.

“The NJATC instructors can enter our courses as they are completing their NJATC-NTI coursework,” Washer said. “For example, our first student in this new partnership is currently enrolled in two UCM courses for the 2012 summer term. He has completed his first two courses at the NJATC-NTI, but technically hasn’t completed all of his NJATC-NTI courses. So we are starting him in the UCM-equivalent coursework this summer for the NJATC-NTI courses he has already completed.”

 In addition to the option of pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, Washer noted that UCM faculty members are currently designing a certificate program which, when implemented, would document a candidate’s success, if that individual chooses not to pursue a degree. This measure, however, must still gain approval by the UCM Board of Governors.

The partnering groups expect to serve students initially in the Kanas City area with this new university credit opportunity, but hope to eventually take the program to a national scale. According to Owens, the national representatives of his organization have been involved in the process and anticipate more than only Missouri apprenticeship training instructors to participate in the partnership. Program informational flyers are currently being developed to be distributed at the NJATC-NTI this summer in Michigan.

Mike Wright, dean of UCM’s College of Education, said the partnership is consistent with priorities of the university and the college.

“We have a long history of working collaboratively with local businesses and industries to help train their instructors,” Wright said. “The principles of teaching and learning are constant across many fields, whether in high school, community college and university classrooms, or in industry. We hope many of these trainers across the country will continue with us to complete the appropriate degree because our program is available completely online.”

Individuals who want to know more about this program are urged to contact Washer by email at or call 660-543-4580.