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AWC striving to fill the gap of the nationwide demand for certified electricians

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - The need for certified electricians across the nation is on the rise.

Between the pandemic and droves of retired baby boomers leaving the industry, certified electricians are dwindling. 

Arizona Western College (AWC) is offering courses and a path to fill the gap.

"A huge demand for electricians more than we’ve seen, with the rapid growth, housing growth, building growth lots of construction going on everywhere in every city in the country always. So you see all of the increased need and that’s part of the equation," said James Larson, AWC Director of Manufacturing and apprenticeship.

AWC are offering courses for traditional students and rapid courses for non-traditional students.

New constructions, solar, and technology are driving the demand for certified skilled tradesmen, especially in the electrical field.

Larson said, “Consumers and homeowners. Our expectations have increased as technology increases, that makes things infinitely complex for the folks that make it happen, which goes back to the need for more training and experience and do things the right way.” 

According to, the average salary for an electrician in Arizona is $61,000 a year.

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