Like their counterparts in most building trades, apprentices in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 3, learn their craft on the job. Like apprentices in some other trades, they attend technical classes after the workday is over. Unlike apprentices in any other trade, the acquisition of a college degree is also an explicit requirement of their apprenticeship training. IBEW apprentices pursue an Associate of Science degree in labor studies. These requirements — work on the job, technical study in the trade and a college education — distinguish IBEW Local Union 3, as a union that values education and acts on its beliefs.The associate degree curriculum contains two primary components.
The IBEW Local Union 3 bachelor's degree program offers its members the opportunity to complete a 124-credit bachelor's degree program in labor studies with a concentration in labor and the construction industry.
The labor and the construction industry program reflects what students bring into Empire State College as transcript credit and also what they have acquired via credit by evaluation. In the case of IBEW Local Union 3 apprentices, electrical theory instruction offers the most obvious source for credit by evaluation. Apprentices generally receive credit by evaluation after their fourth year is completed. The total of transcript credit and credit by evaluation constitute a student's advanced-standing credits. No student may receive more than 93 advanced-standing credits.
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