Supporting the Santa Barbara County Foodbank

Electrical apprentices apply CALCTP skills to help the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

Toby Mitchell, CALCTP instructor and owner of Classic Electric, guided a group of electrical apprentices from the Santa Barbara County Electrical Apprenticeship on a Saturday volunteer mission to fix the lighting problems.

Toby explained “Lighting systems are complex and often installed incorrectly by untrained workers. The California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (CALCTP) was designed to train and certify electricians to properly install these systems so the true energy savings and convenience can be realized”.

The apprenticeship program is a joint venture of the Central Coast Electrical Contractors Association and Electrical Workers Union Local 413 to employ and train electricians. They often work together on community projects such as school scoreboard installations, fund raising events and electrical projects for non-profit organizations.

“The Foodbank is a great organization that helps a multitude of local charities.  We recently raised over three thousand dollars at our annual Bowl-a-Thon for them and that’s when we learned about the problems with their lighting system.  We knew we wanted to help.  Quinn Rental also wanted to help and supplied scissor lifts for us to use. ” said Apprenticeship Director Brian Gregory.

Courtesy of “Wire The Future”


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