Phillips named Instructor of the Year

Greg Phillips, the Electrical Apprenticeship Instructor at Blackhawk Technical College, was recently honored as the 2016 Instructor of the Year from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) at the organization’s Graduation Banquet in the Wisconsin Dells.

Instructors eligible for the award have taught ABC apprentices for at least three years, are highly regarded by apprentices and employers, and have demonstrated a high degree of professionalism, and teaches within the guidelines of the program.

“I’m very proud of my trade; very passionate about its importance in our society and its vast fields of study and opportunity, and I want to pass that passion on,” Phillips said upon receiving the award,

During the presentation, ABC noted how Phillips’ students used words like passionate, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and patient to describe him. “When I go into class I know he is not only going to help me become a great electrician but also a better person,” one student said.

Phillips is “a dedicated and humble man who is truly gifted in inspiring his students to enjoy school and love electrical and this is the legacy he leaves with every student,’’ ABC said in introducing the award.

ABC’s apprenticeship class of 2016 boasts 120 graduates, representing 12 trades: Carpentry, Concrete Finisher, Construction Craft Laborer, Electrical, Electronic Systems Technician, Heavy Equipment Operator, HVAC, Heat & Frost Insulating, Plumbing, Roofing, Steam Fitting and Sprinkler Fitting.

Information on BTC’s electrical apprenticeship program is available at http://www.blackhawk.edu/ExplorePrograms/ApprenticeshipPrograms/ElectricianApprenticeship.aspx.