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Pursuing an Associate Degree

Through our agreements with Northwest State Community College and Kentucky Community and Technical College Systems (KCTCS) apprentices are awarded college credit for the completion of our five year curriculum:

Northwest State awards 49 credit hours towards an Associate of Technical Studies Degree.

KCTCS awards 47 credit hours towards an Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology.

To pursue the degree at Northwest State:

  • Have an OFFICIAL high school transcript sent to: Dr. Larry Zachrich, Northwest State, 22600 State Route 34, Archbold, Ohio 43502 (required). 
  • Have OFFICIAL transcripts for any post high school education sent to the above address. (if applicable).
  • Email Dr. Zachrich at to let him know that you are an apprentice with our program and that your transcripts are coming. 
  • Once Dr. Zachrich receives your transcripts, he will evaluate and notify you which classes you will need to complete to receive the degree.
  • If you have any trouble with this process, please contact Kelly at 

To pursue the degree with KCTCS:

  • This degree cannot be pursued until you have completed the apprenticeship program. 

Apr 19, 2006

Apprentices enrolled in our 5 year Inside Wireman program are also registered as Northwest State students as outlined in our Contract Training Services Agreement. There is no cost to the apprentice for this benefit.

Our Inside curriculum has been evaluated by Northwest State and credits assigned to each year of apprenticeship. Apprentices completing the five year program will earn 58 credit hours. 49 of these hours apply to an Associate of Technical Studies Degree in Construction Electricity at Northwest State. 21 additional credit hours will need to be completed.Online courses are available. These classes may also be completed at another institution and credit transferred. Contact Northwest State for details. 

Our Installer/Tech curriculum has also been evaluated. Apprentices completing the Installer/Tech program will earn 35 credit hours for completion of the three year program. Apprentices interested in using these credits towards a degree should contact Northwest State for options.

Northwest State Contact Information:

Dr. Larry Zachrich, Coordinator of Experiential Learning
Northwest State Community College
22600 State Route 34
Archbold, Ohio 43502


JATC Contact Information:

Kelly Huber, Curriculum Coordinator
IBEW/NECA Electrical Training Center
5455 Glenway Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45238

513-281-6924 x 113

Apr 19, 2006

The JATC has a Memorandum of Agreement with Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) giving JATC graduates a huge head start toward obtaining an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Electrical Technology.

JATC graduates who are IBEW members may enroll at a KCTCS college offering the AAS in Electrical Technology and will be awarded 47 credit hours toward the degree. There are three Specializations for the degree: Industrial Electrician, Construction Electrician, and Motor Control Electrician. Additional requirement for each specialization are: 

AAS in Electrical Technology, Construction Electrician  

  • Complete 18 hours general education courses as specified for the AAS Electrical Technology Program.
  • Meet KCTCS GPA and 24 hour residency requirements.
AAS in Electrical Technology, Industrial Electrician
  • Complete 18 hours general education courses as specified for the AAS Electrical Technology Program.
  • Meet KCTCS GPA and 24 hour residency requirements.
  • Complete course #'s EET 276 and EET 277 or pass the challenge exam for these courses.
AAS in Electrical Technology, Motor Control Electrician
  • Complete 18 hours general education courses as specified for the AAS Electrical Technology Program.
  • Meet KCTCS GPA and 24 hour residency requirements.
  • Complete course #'s EET 276 and EET 277 or pass the challenge exam for these courses.
  • Complete course #'s FPX 100 and FPX 101 or EET 265.

Once you have obtained the degree with the first specialization, you may choose to complete the remaining requirements for the other two specializations, thereby receiving an Associate of Electrical Technology with three specializations.   

How to Get Started: 

·     Obtain a copy of the current Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) from the JATC office. This identifies you as a JATC graduate and an IBEW member. You may obtain an MOA via email by clicking here to "Contact Us". Type "MOA request" in the "Your email message" field.

·   Register at a KCTCS campus (You may register online at:

·     Meet with assigned Academic Advisor (take the MOA obtained from the JATC to this meeting).

·     Meet with Technical Advisor, *Tom Collins (859-442-4106 or Tom Collins is the Technical Advisor for Gateway Community College. If you enroll at a different KCTCS campus a different advisor will be assigned. )

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