Service + Solidarity Spotlight: IBEW Instructor Finds His Calling Through Teaching

During the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread protests in response to the killing of George Floyd, working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities. In our new Service + Solidarity Spotlight series, we'll showcase one of those stories every day. Here's today's story.

For Electrical Workers (IBEW) member Jerome Miller, instructing is about more than just sharing his trade; it’s an opportunity to shape future workers. “I want to be the guy that I needed when I was growing up,” Miller said. “I love teaching. I like molding young minds.” IBEW recently featured him in a video, profiling both his work as an instructor and his family life. He joined the union when he was 20 years old and looking for a summer job. Miller went on to work as a journeyman electrician for 11 years before becoming a part-time instructor with the IBEW. His passion for mentoring young apprentices seeking a profession in the electrical trade helped him earn the 2019 IBEW Hour Power Instructor of the Year award.