EST Apprenticeship Is Focus of New Class
Apprenticing Electronic Systems Technicians, a new course at NSCA Expo, will focus on the new apprenticeship program for ESTs. The Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training approved the program in January, and the NSCA created the training session with division chief Jim Penny and other BAT representatives as instructors.
The new EST apprenticeship program allows companies to train employees using both classroom and on-the-job experience in a formalized 4-year career track, during which the employer may pay apprentice wages. In the NSCA’s new course, (Friday, April 26, 1-3 p.m.), attendees will learn how to qualify their employees as ESTs and implement the training program.
Development of the EST apprentice program began in 1998 when the Consortium for Electronic Systems Technician Training started designing the curriculum. A Consortium member, the NSCA brought the program materials to the BAT for approval. The NSCA Education Foundation will allocate funds to help companies use the apprenticeship program, providing instructor guides, student manuals and implementation packages.
Register for the EST class before March 26 at nscaexpo.org or on-site thereafter.
NSCA Rep Council to Convene at Expo
The NSCA has formed a new council to better serve its members who are independent sales representatives. NSCA members may meet the new council at the Expo’s Industry Forum on April 25.
The council’s members are: Ted Curtain, RepWorks Inc.; George Falkenbach, C.L. Pugh & Associates; Mike Klickstein, Western Audio Sales; Carey Kress, Sigmet; Ted Poulos, Vector Corporation; Ken Rancilio, Rancilio Associates Inc.; Joel Schwartz, LCA Sales Company; and Ed Wolffe, Southeastern Communication Systems. Two Canadian members are to be appointed.
The council will also attend the NSCA Industry Forum in Denver on April 25 from 8:30-9:45 a.m. This forum brings together the NSCA’s many leadership councils to discuss the future of the industry. All Expo attendees are invited to attend; admittance is free.