Another group of employees at Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. were recently honored at a breakfast graduation celebration for completing their final classes and degree requirements for their Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Technology degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology (Wentworth) in December.
The Class of 2021 is the company’s second cohort of employees to graduate from the Griffin/Wentworth Associate Degree Program, as the inaugural class earned their degrees one year prior.
A leading electrical subcontractor throughout New England and the Southeast for over four decades, Griffin Electric was pleased to be able to recognize these hardworking employees for this significant academic milestone. Family and friends watched the ceremony and cheered on their loved ones via a live video stream as employees were presented with their Wentworth diplomas. The company also gave each student a Wentworth Alumni jacket and gift bag of assorted items in recognition of their efforts.
Guest speakers from both Wentworth and Griffin Electric praised the graduates for balancing school with a full-time workload and home life during a global pandemic. These Griffin employees continued to rise to the challenge throughout the 2.5-year degree program: every graduate was named to the Wentworth Dean’s List at least one semester, and over 75% of them graduated with Latin honors after achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better.
With many shared philosophies and values, and learning at the heart of both organizations, Griffin Electric is proud to have partnered with Wentworth in 2018 to offer employees an opportunity to further their education through this Associate degree program. Accepted graduates of Griffin’s free, in-house Apprenticeship Training Program who have achieved their license can leverage their 600-hours of classroom instruction and 8,000-hours of on-the-job field experience to earn nearly half of the required credits towards their degree.
To ensure that employees accepted into the Wentworth program can participate without financial hardship, Griffin Electric also covers up to 70% of tuition costs.
A recent expansion of the program for an upcoming third cohort will now allow Southeast employees to also make the most of this rare opportunity to get the best of both worlds: an electrical license and an Associate degree with limited financial burden.
Griffin Electric understands that “being the best” begins with ensuring employees have the latest training and educational resources available to keep the company ahead of the industry. The company is proud to support each employee through the various phases of their career growth and is committed to offering its team members the support and tools they need to be successful.
In the electrical contracting business since 1978, Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. has proudly served on projects in a range of markets throughout New England and Southeast for over four decades. Headquartered in Holliston, MA, the company also has regional offices in Pelham, AL, Duluth, GA, Charlotte, NC and Raleigh-Durham, NC. ENR (Engineering News-Record) ranked Griffin Electric 23rd in its 2021 listing of the top 50 national electrical contractors and 1st among electrical contractors in New England. The company employs nearly 1500 individuals. For more information, please visit www.waynejgriffinelectric.com.