CES Cool Springs passionately supports the Achieve Trade School’s mission to train the next generation of electricians.

Your house is damaged. Your business needs power. It’s time for a renovation. In any of these situations, you might not know where to start, but you certainly know what you need — an electrician.

The thing is, finding an electrician might become significantly harder in the near future. As the United States grapples with an electrician shortage, City Electric Supply Cool Springs is determined to do its part to support the industry.

“The industry needs good, qualified electricians — especially in the Nashville market. It’s growing exponentially, and there’s not enough workforce in the area,” explained CES Nashville West District Manager Mike Mosketti. “The market simply does not have enough people out there. This is our small part to help people interested in that career field.”

True to his word, Mike has been helping Bob Shain train the next generation of electricians. How? Through Bob’s Achieve Trade School, a post-secondary educational institution specifically designed to teach students technical skills through job-specific training.

“City Electric Supply Cool Springs has been a huge component of our program — providing program materials, ordering things we need that they don’t have on hand, delivering items at the drop of a hat, and being a constant resource for the program,” said Bob. “They even put up flyers in their lobby and have been available for potential job placement opportunities for our students.”

Mike couldn’t be prouder to support Achieve Trade School Director Bob Shain’s mission, which started in 2017 with Bob’s dream of creating a hands-on learning experience for anyone interested in pursuing a skilled trade.

“We are so appreciative of their dedication to serving our students and aiding us in providing them with the knowledge and practices for their careers,” said Bob.

The support the CES Cool Springs team has shown to the school is not only a testimony to the great respect they have for Bob Shain, his school, and the next generation of electricians, but also to the level of service they provide to every customer who walks through their door.

“We know that we can provide a high level of support to customers,” said Mike, “and we want people to have a good experience when they walk in — to know that we’re not just a supply house and that our relationship doesn’t end just with the sale. There are a lot of ways we can help. We value being a resource and partner for the Achieve Trade School. By doing that, we’re investing in the next generation of electrical students, and that’s pretty cool.”

“I think it’s helped give our location the reputation of being innovative,” he added. “People trust us for products as well as information. We get a lot of phone calls from customers with questions. They call because they know we can help, and it’s been very positive.”

It’s also made them a great resource for the Achieve Trade School, and they can’t wait to do more — with the help of Klein Tools, one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the United States.

“When you think of the electrical field, you think of Klein Tools,” said Mike. “So we got with Marcus Allen, the local rep who covers our area, to help provide educational tools for the students.”

Klein Tools Senior District Manager Marcus Allen was more than happy to help, even working with the school to find out how to best serve their specific needs.

“Working with Bob has been a true blessing,” said Marcus. “I worked with him to develop a tool ordering system so he could easily order products for his students at the best possible market price.”

City Electric Supply Fights the Electrician Shortage
Mandy Powers, Ricky Shaw, and Todd Fuqua display their Achieve Trade School certificates.

Marcus and Mike have worked consistently, creatively, and passionately to support Bob and the school because they know it’s a worthy cause.

“Our students work hard to learn the theory, formulas, and intricate, hands-on work that goes into being a great electrician regardless of their ages, experience levels, or other challenges they face along the way,” said Bob.

As it strives to fill the gaps in the industry and fight the electrician shortage, Bob Shain’s Achieve Trade School also focuses on creating not just a generation of electricians, but a generation of great electricians.

To Bob, we say thank you for your work. Marcus and Mike, thank you for your support. Achieve Trade School students, we can’t wait to see what you do.

City Electric Supply Fights the Electrician Shortage
Celine Rogers

Celine Rogers is a copy editor at City Electric Supply.

Celine Rogers
Copy Editor
City Electric Supply
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