The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 120, and the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) in London have a history of helping out electrical programs in area high schools. Now they are partnering with Klein Tools to donate 45 complete sets of top quality electrical tools to local high schools.
High schools in Ontario have been feeling financial pressure in the past few decades, and as a result many programs are being gutted or eliminated entirely. Unfortunately that means young people often miss out on a learning opportunity, especially when it comes to hands-on classes like shop.
In London, the electrical programs at three high schools are receiving a helping hand from the IBEW-ECAO partnership.
“I wanted to make sure that our students here in London have the proper tools to help them learn and work safely,” said John Gibson, Business Manager of Local 120.
How did the donations come about? It turns out that Local 120 has been donating electrical materials and providing recognition of excellence for a few years.
The three London high schools have electrical programs for Grades 10, 11 and 12. Every year, Local 120 gives an award to the best student in each school, as decided by the teacher.