WARREN — The DTE Energy Storm Watch Lab will open Monday at the Electrical Industry Training Center in Warren.

The ribbon-cutting is part of a larger Legislative and Elected Official Open House, “The Future Is Electric,” being held Monday morning at the EITC, 2277 E. 11 Mile Road.

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Jennifer Mefford, director of business development at the EITC, said the lab was designed to train and certify electricians to be avaialble to assist in returning power to homeowners after natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy.

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The EITC is a joint effort of Local 58 of teh International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Southeast Michigan Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association.

Another highlight will be an overview of the EITC’s National Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program, the first of its kind in Michigan. The program focuses on the energy-saving capability of advanced lighting controls which — when combined with other energy efficiency measures — helps free capital that can then be reinvested into the operation or expansion of a business.

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NALCTP was developed orginally in partnership with industry in California. 
The EITC trains both the contractor and the electrician to not only deliver value to customers, but to also customize training to meet a need that will help businesses advance. For those just learning the trade, EITC apprentices in either the 3- or 5-year programs begin earning good wages and benefits on their first day and continue to increase as the student advances through the program.