Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Electrical Technology Continuing Education student, Nick Villa, from Lansdale, is in his third year of the program. Villa is currently working for Indian Creek Electrical based out of Souderton. Indian Creek Electrical is currently sponsoring Villa’s education.
In 1999 Villa graduated from Harford Technical High School in Bel Air, MD where he completed the Electrical Technology program, and back then he felt as though career and technical high school had an extremely negative stereotype. He enjoyed his time there, but decided to pursue other options. He then attended Harford Community College and completed the Automotive Technology program, and while working in the field, he found that this was also not the field for him. Villa then decided to attend Towson University in Maryland where he obtained his BS and Masters of Art in Geography and Environmental Planning, with a minor in Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
GIS is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data. After working in the GIS field for eight years, be began to see the industry change. It became less geographical and more IT. The last GIS job he had was a contract that needed to be renewed every 6 months to a year. He worried about having a job as each contract ended. He knew he liked the electrical field and he already had training while in high school. He also knew that electrician jobs were plentiful and in-demand. He attended American Builders and Contractors for his first year of his apprenticeship program, but once he obtained a job with Indian Creek Electrical, he moved to EASTERN’s Electrical Apprenticeship program.
“This will give me more opportunities down the road,” said Villa. “There is a demand for this job, and it offers a high level of job security. I also plan on pursuing additional education to become a Master Electrician. It is never too late to change your career. There are so many companies out there looking to hire skilled electricians.”
After completing the four-year apprenticeship program at EASTERN, Villa will receive his journeyman license which lets his employer know that he is trained and competent to work in the electrical field. Indian Creek Electrical has been sending students to EASTERN’s Continuing Education Electrical Apprenticeship program for years. The co-owners of the company are both graduates of the program, and understand and appreciate the level of education provided.
Continuing Education at EASTERN offers a wide variety of job skill training programs for adults, providing opportunities to launch a new career, strengthen current skill sets, or advance the skills of your current employees. For more information, please visit eastech.org/continuing-education or call 215-784-4802.