In­tern­ship pro­gram cre­ates pipe­line for em­ploy­ment with Faith Tech­nolo­gies

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - FRONT PAGE - From Staff Re­ports

Two stu­dents in the Elec­tri­cal Pro­gram at North­east Tech’s Kansas Cam­pus are gain­ing on-the­job ex­pe­ri­ence through a unique new in­tern­ship op­por­tu­nity with Faith Tech­nolo­gies — one of the na­tion’s largest elec­tri­cal con­trac­tors with ap­prox­i­mately 2,500 em­ploy­ees, 22 of­fices na­tion­wide and two of­fices in Oklahoma.

“This in­tern­ship is dif­fer­ent than the On-Job-Train­ing that North­east Tech has had in place for many years,” said North­east Tech Elec­tri­cal In­struc­tor Wade Friesen, a key player in fa­cil­i­tat­ing the dis­cus­sions that led to this in­tern­ship. “Faith is of­fer­ing paid em­ploy­ment to my stu­dents six days a week with a sched­ule that works around their class time. They do not have to miss any class time and their em­ploy­ment is con­tin­gent upon en­roll­ment in our pro­gram.”

A for­mer North­east Tech Teacher of the Year, Friesen op­er­ates a suc­cess­ful pro­gram on the Kansas Cam­pus, and he’s quick to at­tribute much of that suc­cess to re­la­tion­ships with in­dus­try part­ners. Rarely a week passes with­out his stu­dents ben­e­fit­ing from an in­dus­try visit, and thanks to those vis­its, in­dus­try ex­perts have dis­cov­ered the tal­ent pool sit­ting in his class­room.

“Faith has been re­cruit­ing our elec­tri­cal stu­dents for about two years now,” said Friesen. “This year, Ray Rober­son, the field tal­ent ac­qui­si­tion man­ager for Faith, vis­ited our class in Au­gust and be­gan his pre­sen­ta­tion by say­ing that Faith is of­fer­ing to hire ev­ery elec­tri­cal stu­dent that grad­u­ates from North­east Tech.”

And in or­der to cre­ate a sta­ble pipe­line for em­ploy­ment, Faith is also of­fer­ing a paid in­tern­ship op­por­tu­nity to two of Friesen’s stu­dents: Milee Sams and Brock Austin.

“The in­tern­ship will give my stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to see first-hand, the types of projects Faith is work­ing on and the tasks that are be­ing per­formed,” said Friesen. “It will also al­low them to learn ba­sic pro­cesses and best prac­tices, and to ac­cli­mate to a real elec­tri­cal job site so they can be more suc­cess­ful when em­ployed full-time.”

Faith is the elec­tri­cal con­trac­tor op­er­at­ing an elec­tri­cal project lo­cated in the Mid-Amer­ica In­dus­trial Park in Pryor. It is on this job site where Sams and Austin will be work­ing as in­terns as­sist­ing with un­der­ground work and train­ing on PVC in­stal­la­tion. They could also be as­signed to the ma­te­rial han­dling area to help them get ac­quainted with ma­te­ri­als, tools, etc., uti­lized on the project.

Sams, a sec­ond-year stu­dent from Jay is ea­ger to be­gin in her new role as an in­tern with Faith.

“I’m happy to fi­nally be do­ing some­thing I’m learn­ing here, rather than just tak­ing a job be­cause I need it,” Sams said. “I’m a lit­tle ner­vous about get­ting up at 4 a.m. to be in Pryor by 6 a.m. I have a habit of sleep­ing past my alarm, so this is go­ing to be painful at first.”

A na­tive of Salina, Austin is also ex­cited about this op­por­tu­nity, and he hopes it will have pos­i­tive, long-last­ing ef­fects on his ca­reer.

“The kind of knowl­edge I get will ap­ply when I start my ap­pren­tice­ship, so I’m hop­ing when­ever I’m done with the in­tern­ship, I can go into my ap­pren­tice­ship and climb that lad­der,” said Austin. “I want this to be a step­ping stone for a long ca­reer with Faith.”

Sams and Austin are sched­uled to be­gin the on­board­ing process with Faith this month, and they will be­gin work im­me­di­ately after com­plet­ing Faith’s safety and ori­en­ta­tion train­ings. Cur­rently, they are the only two Ca­reerTech stu­dents from Oklahoma to par­tic­i­pate in Faith’s in­tern­ship pro­gram. Since 2016, Faith has re­tained a lit­tle over 98% of Ca­reerTech elec­tri­cal ap­pren­tices.

“I’m hope­ful for the long-term ca­reers for my stu­dents with Faith,” Friesen said. “This op­por­tu­nity has ex­cited the rest of my class, even the ones that are too young to par­tic­i­pate. The lure of an elec­tri­cal job with Faith has mo­ti­vated my stu­dents to stay in high school and grad­u­ate from North­east Tech.”

North­east Tech’s cam­puses are lo­cated in Afton, Kansas, Pryor and Clare­more. Through its full-time day­time classes, short­term evening classes, and its busi­ness and in­dus­try ser­vices and train­ing, North­east serves well over 34,000 pa­trons per year. For more in­for­ma­tion on any of the classes or train­ing pro­grams avail­able, visit North­east Tech’s web­site at or call 918-825-7040.

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Milee Sams and Brock Austin, both ele­crical stu­dents at North­east Tech’s Kansas Cam­pus, are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the in­tern­ship with Faith Tech­nolo­gies. Faith is one of the na­tion’s largest elec­tri­cal con­trac­tors, and the com­pany’s paid in­tern­ship is...

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