The annual YJATC Apprentice Picnic was held in June at the Youngstown Shrine Club in North Lima.
The picnic is held to celebrate the end to a successful year of instruction as well as to honor the apprentices completing the program and moving on in their careers.
Food and refreshments were provided by Local 64 and served by representatives and instructors including IBEW 64 president, Scott Satterlee and IBEW 64 business manager, Jim Burgham.
“The apprentices devote a lot of time and effort into this program so we like to have some fun at the end of the school year,” said Satterlee.
Recognizing top apprentices
This year, 70 apprentices were celebrating the end of the year while 10 commercial apprentices and five residential apprentices were topping out and completing the program.
The picnic also honors top apprentices. These honorees are chosen based on not only grades and attendance, but also by work performance and an evaluation by their peers, the journeymen electricians by whom they are trained.
Top apprentices receive tools to assist in their trade as well as a cash prize.
Among the honorees was Andrew Lemley. Lemley completed the apprentice program for residential and then returned to complete his certification in commercial as well. He was honored as the 2021 top commercial apprentice and is now employed with University Electric.
As there was no picnic in 2020 due to COVID, two residential apprentices were honored. Thomas Jullian received top apprentice for 2020 and is now employed with Gulu Electric.
Keith Morrow was the 2021 top residential apprentice and is now employed with RLM Electric.
Moving on to fulfilling careers
“These guys deserve to be congratulated for their hard work and the achievement of top apprentice. They’ve all worked so hard and it’s great to watch them succeed and go on to their careers,” said YJATC training director, Ed Emerick.
Those interested in pursuing an electrical apprenticeship through IBEW 64 can visit yjatc.org.