Westex Joins with NJATC
to Boost High-Tech Learning
March 21, 2014
|Westex, the industry leader in the manufacture of arc-rated pants, gloves and other items will donate $650,000 to enhance the NJATC’s training curriculum
When it comes to flame-resistant fabrics, the name that comes to mind for most union electricians is Westex. The industry leader in the manufacture of arc-rated pants, gloves and other items, the Chicago-based company is taking its relationship with the IBEW and the National Electrical Contractors Association to the next level by creating the Westex Personal Protective Equipment Academy program to help train the next generation of electrical workers.
“Westex is a strong believer in the IBEW and NECA and we are committed to supporting the future of skills training in America,” said Westex President Dan Bishchoff. “We have worked together with the NJATC in various ways for over 10 years and I’m very happy to formally recognize the value of this great relationship.”
Over the next five years, the company will donate $650,000 to enhance the NJATC’s training curriculum by adding advanced learning technology to the classroom, including the use of online simulations and computer learning, along with classroom and on-the-job education.
As we reported in the Electrical Worker in 2013:
Now students will spend less class time reviewing homework and sitting through lectures and more time in labs and group discussions. Students will complete all of their homework online and have access to a growing suite of videos and computer-based simulations — many designed to look and feel like video games — that teach core skills to aspiring electricians.
“We strive to produce the very best training materials possible and we believe that this type of commitment for our blended learning model supports the future for how IBEW/NECA apprentices will learn their trade,” said NJATC Executive Director Michael Callanan.