Rosendin, the nation’s largest employee-owned electrical contracting company, thanked its apprentices with special celebrations during Arizona Apprenticeship Week held November 15- 21, 2020.
To recognize their dedication to learning the craft, the company held two socially distanced events, provided custom tee-shirts and snacks, and gave apprentices an opportunity to talk directly with CEO Mike Greenawalt.
“Rosendin has deep respect for all our apprentices who work full-time during the day and take classes at night to become certified journey electrical workers who build landmark projects across our state,” said Mike Greenawalt, Rosendin CEO. “I am proud to have started by my career as an apprentice building the Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant and I am glad to see opportunities are growing for people who want to become a skilled craftsman in a highly specialized industry.”
Rosendin works with the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association), and JATC (Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee) training centers in Arizona and across the country to provide apprentices with structured, hands on learning.
“I joined the apprenticeship program after a 15 year career as an office worker in the medical industry because I wanted a career that would let me advance, without the costly debt of college,” said Jennifer Cronin, a Rosendin apprentice who will graduate in summer 2021. “The training I have learned during my apprenticeship is more beneficial than what I received from my Associates Degree in Business Management.”
“My father started as an apprentice and worked his way up to be a journeyman electrician, so even though I planned to go to college, I started thinking about it in high school,” said Philip Aguayo, a Rosendin apprentice in his first year. “It takes a lot of discipline and a positive attitude, but my work has been extremely fulfilling and its far more technologically advanced than I expected.”
Registered apprenticeship training programs are not only beneficial to people seeking new careers, but they also help construction companies with a workforce shortage. In addition, having a stable workforce to build new manufacturing facilities, data centers, and renewable energy facilities helps Arizona attract new businesses.
For more than 100 years, Rosendin has created a welcoming work environment focused on building people and communities across America. They are guided by the core values of “We Care. We Share. We Listen. We Innovate. We Excel.” To ensure every employee has an opportunity to reach their full potential, Rosendin has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination and is a proud sponsor of the Associated General Contractor’s Culture of CARE initiative. Company leaders work closely with NECA and IBEW to make diversity and inclusion a priority.