“America’s skills gap is creating challenges in the electricians’ industry, which is expected to have a labor shortage of about 60,000 workers by 2026, according to Ideal Industries CEO Jim James. In order to fill the surplus of jobs, he started a program four years ago to convince students that becoming an electrician is the way to go…Convincing young people and parents to skip out on student debt accumulated from acquiring a four-year college degree is key, he said. The…re are about 44,000,000 families with over a half trillion of college debt right now. According to James, a starting salary for an electrician is around $40,000 per year, while owning a business has the potential to deliver a six-figure salary.” (Full article: https://tinyurl.com/yy8vcvsm) Salina Area Technical College’s Electrical Technology Program can help you break into this industry by giving you the skills you need to install, maintain and repair even the most complex residential, commercial and industrial electrical systems. From blueprint reading and motor control, to advanced automation and circuits, our graduates leave prepared to pass the Journeyman’s Exam and begin pursuing a rewarding career as a certified electrician in a field of their choice.