Farmington Public Schools’ middle school students had an opportunity in late April to learn outside of the classroom on a STEMersion Field Trip to the Detroit Electrical Industry Training Center (EITC) in Warren.
Eighteen students from Farmington STEAM Academy, Warner Middle School, Power Middle School, and East Middle School toured the EITC, which is dedicated to training apprentice electricians, apprentice tele-data installers, journeyman electricians and installer-techs. Students tried on some of the protective gear that is used when working with electrical wires and flames and also learned about high level security systems.
The EITC is privately funded through the collaborative partnership of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 58 and the Southeastern Michigan Chapter National Electrical Contractors Association (SMCNECA). The majority of the program is on-the-job training where apprentices earn wages and benefits which increase with skill attainment as the program progresses.
Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation and the Bosch Community Partnership supported the trip.
“Overall, the students and families had a good time and we are appreciative of the opportunity,” said Nicole Blackmon, career development facilitator for Warner Middle School and Farmington STEAM Academy.