Ribbon cutting for the Electrical program building on the Neal Campus-Kingman. (Front row, l-r: Kinney Construction CEO Tim Kinney, College Dean Dr. Fred Gilbert, MCC Board Member Dr. Judy Selberg, MCC Board President Dr. Julie Bare, MCC Board Member Vance Miller, Architect Rob Sampson, Architect Todd Brautigam. Back row: Craig Fritsinger, Kinney Construction Team Member.) (Photo: MCC)
KINGMAN — Mohave Community College unveiled its new electrical building and certificate program Thursday during a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on the Neal Campus-Kingman.
Kingman Mayor Jen Miles was at the event and said she was impressed with what she saw. She said the community has an extraordinarily high demand for residential and commercial/industrial electricians.
“Kingman has needed this and it’s really delightful to see it here now and to see that it is well-equipped and in a great building, and the community is really going to benefit from this,” said Miles, as she toured the high tech electrical training lab.
The college developed the program after gathering information from community leaders, building contractors and electrical companies. They all provided information about the need for electricians who are trained to start their careers working on residential and commercial/industrial sites.
“As with all of our high skills career training programs, the college tailored Electrical to fit the needs and demands of our communities, and we’re confident this will be a win for the students, a win for local companies and a win for our regional workforce,” said James Jarman, college director of public information.
The residential wiring certificate will show employers that the graduate has the skills necessary to begin working as a residential wiring installer and electrician helper.
The commercial/industrial certificate shows employers that the graduate knows safety protocols, proper wiring techniques, proper installation and maintenance of low-voltage controllers and programmable logic controllers.
The MCC Electrical program is currently signing up students for the fall semester, which begins on August 26. There is space for a total of 12 students and the program will expand based on need. Three students have already signed up.
The program is based in the 600 building on the Neal Campus-Kingman. The structure replaces the previous 600 building, which was nearly 50 years old and had been shuttered in recent years due to safety concerns. Kinney Construction Services, Inc. (KCS) was the Design-Build Contractor, and Selberg Associates Inc. of Lake Havasu City was the architect.
The college Student Activities Council has its fitness center located on the northwest side of the building. The Electrical program lab and two classrooms are on the south and west ends. The fitness center is free for MCC students to use.
For more information about the free application process to become an MCC student, or to enroll in the new electrical program, call 866-MOHAVECC, or visit the college website at www.Mohave.edu.