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Top Electrician Program

GBC Recognized for Offering Top Electrician Program

Top Electrician Program.The Community for Accredited Online Schools has recognized the Electrical Systems Technology program at Great Basin College for offering one of the top electrician programs in the nation.

The website released its annual ranking for the 2016-2017 school year, ranking GBC second among other four-year colleges and universities.

“We wanted to highlight schools like Great Basin College, who are striving for excellence in education,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “These colleges offer an exceptional educational experience, upholding rigorous accreditation standards and showing an overall commitment to maximizing student success.”

In order for colleges to qualify for the ranking, they must hold public or private not-for-profit status and carry institutional accreditation. Top schools are determined by using a value-based methodology that analyzes more than a dozen qualitative and quantitative data points.

According to the website, the electrical program at GBC received acclamation for its student to teacher ratio, graduation rate, tuition and fees, job placement services, credit for experience and counseling services.

GBC currently offers a certificate of achievement and associate degree in Electrical Systems Technology. Students located in Elko or Winnemucca can complete the programs. Electrical students often intern in the community while completing their education. Depending on their path of study, students can complete the certificate and degree program in one to two years.

GBC Dean of Business and Technology Bret Murphy also explained that employed electricians also have the opportunity to receive college credit for their work experience while completing hybrid courses online, eventually receiving a degree or certificate.

“GBC hasn’t always offered hybrid, online training. It wasn’t until 2007 when Round Mountain Gold approached the electrical department that this program was conceived. Round Mountain Gold, like other mining companies located in northern Nevada, have a demand for qualified electricians to keep their operations running,” said Murphy.

“GBC instructors work closely with site supervisors to assure students are getting the hands-on experience needed to complete the program. Students must attend several mandatory training days at GBC to complete the four-year program.”

Murphy said the program has become so successful that other mining companies, like Barrick Gold Corp., are taking advantage of the opportunity for their employees.

For more information about the electrical systems technology program, visit

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