IVC News > January 19, 2021

IVC Electrical Technology Program Giving This Alum a Path to Personal, Professional Development

Picture1.pngLearning new skills on a regular basis has become a necessity in our ever-changing world of work. The days of earning a degree and launching into a career for decades to come without earning any additional credentials along the way is a thing of the past. 

Irvine Valley College alum Victor Gonzalez could tell you that. He’s worked for a multinational semiconductor company in Irvine for nearly 11 years, currently as an engineering aide who tests microchips used in electric meters. Just last semester, he finished the last of the courses he needed to earn a Certificate of Proficiency as an Electrician Trainee​, through IVC’s Electrical Technology program.

“I got my associate degree back in 2000 from Saddleback College, and I have just been keeping up on my education, which helps with my current job,” Gonzalez explained. “It’s my way of continuing my personal development.”

Gonzalez works in a laboratory chock-full of electrical wires and electronics, sparking the desire to want to learn more about electronics. IVC is just a few blocks away from where Gonzalez works, and he could apply some of the coursework he took at Saddleback to the Electrician Trainee certificate.

The last course he completed was Professor Massimo Mitolo’s Residential Wiring course, giving him the credits he needs to obtain the Electrician Trainee certification, which gives students the skills needed for entry-level work in the electrical industry. The certificate program also requires courses in basic electric circuits I and II, OSHA 10 and commercial and industrial wiring.

Professor Mitolo explains that IVC’s electrical program is a fundamental resource not only for those new to the electrical field but also for seasoned professionals who want to update and upgrade their understanding of the electrical theory, code requirements and laboratory practices related to the installation of residential, industrial and commercial electrical systems.

Gonzalez, a father of two, started down a different path before realizing he wanted to pursue a college education. He worked in construction for five years.

I realized that without a degree in something, I was not going to be successful in my professional life,” he said. “When I was doing construction, I did not even have a regular high school diploma. I had to get my GED. It was very exciting when I realized that having not attended regular high school I would still be able to earn an equivalent certificate in order to enroll in the community college.”

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