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Competitors ‘wired’ for Battle of I-10


You’re familiar with the sports Battle of I-10, when NMSU competes with UTEP.

This weekend, a similar battle is taking place between Independent Electrical Contractor apprentices from Las Cruces and El Paso.

IEC-El Paso Chapter comes to Las Cruces for a “Wire-Off” competition against the Southern New Mexico IEC 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the SNMIEC in Las Cruces, 2215 S. Main St.

The two chapters, and more than 150 apprentices, are competing to claim the traveling trophy of I-10 Chapter of the year. In addition, one fourth-year apprentice winner from each chapter will earn the right to compete at the IEC National Competition in Louisville, Kentucky, later this year.

A special guest at this year’s competition is U.S. Congresswoman Yvette Herrell.

 “It’s going to be a blast to attend the first annual Wire-Off and witness some of the brightest folks in New Mexico come together in friendly competition to explore new ideas and stoke creativity,” Rep. Herrell said. “I thank Southern New Mexico Independent Electrical Contractors and Independent Electrical Contractors El Paso for organizing this great event, and all the students, researchers, vendors, and tradesmen who are forging new horizons for the Land of Enchantment.”

For many apprentices, the opportunity of Wire-Off and graduation are often once-in-a-lifetime experiences and accomplishments.

 SNMIEC has been offering training of electrical apprentices for over 30 years as a 501-c-6, non-profit, four-year apprenticeship and training program. We are an equal opportunity school with memberships composed of electrical contractors and electrical trade supporters throughout the Southern New Mexico region. SNMIEC is one of more than 50 chapters nationwide providing training and education of the nationally accredited curriculum backed by New Mexico Workforce Solutions for education and funding.

Contractor members, although competitors in the workforce, unite under the roof of SNMIEC’s training center in order to build a better workforce for the electrical trade. Apprenticeship is a unique earn-while-you-learn opportunity offering paid on the job training along with routine classroom instruction in order to prepare apprentices for skilled, high paying jobs upon completion. This opportunity is like no other in the Southern New Mexico region. This is a community of educators (in both the field and classroom), business owners, and electrical journeyman providing skilled training for residential, commercial, and industrial specialties, along with providing jobs to help the community.

For more information about SNMIEC, contact Gentry Roberts, 575-494-5002 or groberts@snmiec.org.