Koontz Electric recognizes graduates

Koontz Electric Company (KECI) recently recognized this year’s graduating class from the Arkansas Construction Education Foundation Electrical apprenticeship program.

Each graduate completed 8,000 hours of on-the-job training and successfully passed exams during 576 hours of classroom time.

Graduates are immediately eligible to take the Arkansas journeyman electrician exam.  

Troy Pierce was also awarded outstanding apprentice of the year.

Koontz Electric has 54 employees enrolled in electrical apprenticeship training.  

This workforce development program is fully funded by Koontz Electric Company, and has produced 51 journeyman and 45 master licensed electricians in the company’s employment. Seventy-five percent of the company’s 200-plus employees are Conway County Residents.  

Koontz Electric embraces its commitment to training to adequately staff customers’ highly demanding and technically challenging projects, coast to coast, and border to border. 

Celebrating graduation: (from left) David Gray (superintendent), Ralph Hudson (deputy director with the Arkansas Department of Labor), Michael Bradley Atkinson (superintendent), Laura Wood (ACEF), James Swaffar, Kathy Fulks (ACEF), Cory Coggins, Gary Massey (HR/safety director), Derrick Barger, Troy Pierce, William Berry, Keith Mason, Brian Ratzlaff, Jody Brown, Wanda Virden (KECI Instructor), Oswaldo Alverez Garcia and Richard Dold (VP-Field Operations). Not pictured: Jordan Beck.