Johnny Monroe of CarolinaPower elected 2021 President of the Charleston Electrical Contractors Association (CECA)

Johnny Monroe, branch manager of CarolinaPower’s Charleston office, has been elected president of the Charleston Electrical Contractors Association (CECA) for the 2021 term. A longtime member of CECA, Monroe previously served as vice president.

CECA is a non-profit association made up of 65 local electricity entrepreneurs and suppliers with the common goal of having a positive impact on the electrical industry. Members have access to a wide range of resources not available to individual businesses, such as education and recruitment programs, government relations, and industry relief funds.

“Central to CECA’s mission is to inspire young people to join the field of electrical entrepreneurship. The construction industry as a whole has a huge skills gap. Highly skilled electricians are in high demand,” Monroe said.

CECA accomplishes its mission in several ways, including sponsoring skills competitions for high school students. Member volunteers also raise awareness of career options for electricians through classroom discussions in middle and high schools, as well as participation in job fairs and community events.

The CECA-administered electrical apprenticeship program, launched in partnership with Trident Technical College, has proven to be quite successful in attracting new recruits to the industry. The program has seen a steady increase in enrollment over the past few years, with 181 apprentices currently enrolled.

Registered with the SC Department of Labor, CECA’s comprehensive electrical apprenticeship program offers a combination of classroom, laboratory, and on-the-job experiences. Apprentices work full-time during the day and attend classes almost several evenings a week. The program uses the curriculum developed by the National Center of Construction Education & Research (NCCER).

Promoting lifelong learning is another CECA priority. Monroe is one of four instructors in the Charleston Area Supervisor Electrical Apprenticeship Program, a first of its kind in the state. “It’s critical for us to invest in this program because the future of our industry depends on it,” Monroe said. “We have 39 students in the inaugural class of 2020-2021. Registration is currently open for the next course, which starts soon.

CarolinaPower is well represented on CECA’s leadership team this year. Alongside Monroe, Derek Sligh, project manager for CarolinaPower, was elected secretary for 2021. To learn more about CECA, visit http://www.cecasc.org.

About CarolinaPower — CarolinaPower is a leading regional electrical contractor serving the industrial, commercial, healthcare and federal market sectors in South Carolina and North Carolina. CarolinaPower was established 20 years ago as part of Georgia-based MetroPower, Inc.. Now a division in its own right, CarolinaPower has a total of four offices in South Carolina with plans to open additional offices in North Carolina. To learn more, visit www.carolinapower.com.

Patricia D. Rutt