I was really impressed with an initiative I recently heard about. It’s happening in our College’s Electrician Apprenticeship program, led by instructor, Matt Bishop. This instructor felt that this apprenticeship program could do something more to give back to the community during the holiday season. So he encouraged (sort of challenged) each of his five classes to choose their own paths with this, but to select a charity and make a difference as a class.
Matt was thrilled to see his students respond and take him up on this challenge. So far, his classes have made decisions to support Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Wounded Warrior Project, and the Fox Valley Humane Society. Many of the apprentices have requested additional help from their employers, and have found excellent support there as well. Wow, this is contagious.
In my view, this brings a whole new dimension to the apprenticeship experience. I’m so proud of this instructor, and equally proud of and impressed with the way these students responded…working together to support a common cause during this wonderful season of giving!