Holliston, MA – A group of employees at Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc. were recently honored at a breakfast graduation celebration for completing their final classes and degree requirements for their Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Technology degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology in December. The Class of 2021 is the company’s second cohort of employees to graduate from the Griffin/Wentworth Associate Degree Program, as the inaugural class earned their degrees one year prior.
Family and friends attended the ceremony and cheered on their loved ones via a live video stream as employees were presented with their Wentworth diplomas. The company also gave each student a Wentworth alumni jacket and gift bag of assorted items in recognition of their efforts.
Guest speakers from both Wentworth and Griffin Electric praised the graduates for balancing school with a full-time workload and home life during a global pandemic. Of those that completed the 2.5-year degree program, every graduate was named to the Wentworth Dean’s List at least one semester, and over 75% of them graduated with Latin honors after achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better.
A feature of the Associate Degree program is that accepted graduates of Griffin’s free, in-house Apprenticeship Training Program who have achieved their license can leverage their 600-hours of classroom instruction and 8,000-hours of on-the-job field experience to earn nearly half of the required credits toward their degree. To ensure that employees accepted into the Wentworth program can participate without financial hardship, Griffin Electric also covers up to 70% of tuition costs.
A recent expansion of the program for an upcoming third cohort will now allow Southeast employees to get an electrical license and an associate degree with limited financial burden.