Tallahassee, Fla. (September 16, 2009) – Ralph “Buck” Hill, an electrical apprenticeship instructor at Tallahassee Community College, recently attained certification as a Master Instructor from the National Training Institute (NTI). The NTI, originally based at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and recently moved to the University of Michigan, provides professional training for instructors teaching apprentices and journeymen in the electrical industry.
Mr. Hill became a journeyman electrician in 1978, after completing his own apprenticeship. Since then he has worked on a variety of projects, from light commercial to heavy industrial. Hill began teaching apprenticeship courses at TCC in 2002. The Gainesville Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee sent him to the National Training Institute in 2006, and he graduated earlier this year.
“I feel fortunate to have participated in this program and I know my students will benefit,” said Mr. Hill. “I now have a better understanding of how to teach adults, how to formulate and present lesson plans, and how to incorporate technology into apprenticeship classrooms.”
TCC’s apprenticeship program allows students to enroll in a masonry or electrical training program and receive classroom and on-the-job training in a career field with a future. The apprenticeship programs at TCC are offered at no cost to apprentices; the only cost may be textbooks. Both the masonry and electrical apprenticeship programs are also Veteran Affairs-approved, meaning that veterans may be eligible for a monthly housing allowance, a stipend for books/supplies and other benefits.
To learn more about TCC’s apprenticeship programs, call (850) 201-8760 or e-mail Trades@tcc.fl.edu.