EASTERN Alumni Spotlight: Joe Riggs, Electrical Technology

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2002 Electrical Technology and Bishop McDevitt High School alumni, Joe Riggs, has enjoyed a successful career with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 126. After completing the Electrical Technology program in high school, he continued his education in EASTERN’s four-year electrical apprenticeship program.

Riggs always knew he wanted a career in the building trades. He took a tour of EASTERN while in 10th grade and chose Electrical Technology. He excelled in the program and was involved in the student leadership organization – winning first place in the local electrical competition and competing at the state level. With the help of his EASTERN instructor, Rick Fiorentino, he was selected to work for an electrician part-time while in high school.
“I have restored power on almost every major storm/disaster since joining the IBEW Local 126 – traveling all over the country to do so,” said Riggs. “In the last 10 years I feel like I haven’t worked a single day because of how much I love what I do. I have a great life thanks to EASTERN.”

Electrical Technology training will provide the essential hands-on and safety skills that a student needs to pursue a rewarding career in the electrical construction industry. This two-year multi-faceted career program enables the student to learn the basics of electricity as well as residential and commercial wiring, data cabling and basic fiber optic installation. To learn more about Electrical Technology, please visit www.eastech.org/eastern-programs/ele.

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