Classes available for Industrial & Residential Electrical Technology certificate

Kilgore College has classes available for students who want to earn a certificate in Industrial and Residential Electrical Technology – and some students who are displaced workers may qualify to take advantage of tuition-free classes.

The certificate consists of nine courses that train students to be job-ready for the manufacturing, industrial and mechanical work environments.

Graduates will be qualified to enter the workforce as an apprentice working under the direction of a licensed electrician.

To qualify for the tuition-free courses, individuals must be “displaced” in that they have been laid off because their employer closed a plant or division; moved or abolished their position; or had insufficient work for them.  Some service members who are no longer in the military might also qualify.

Displaced workers must also reside within the 14-county Workforce Solutions East Texas Board to be eligible for acceptance.

Counties included in the grant include Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Marion, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood counties.

Courses in the IRET Certificate program include Fundamentals of Electricity, Electrical Safety, Electrical Print Reading, National Electric Code, Electrical Controls, Electrical Motors, Residential Wiring, Industrial Wiring and Troubleshooting Electrical Systems.

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To apply for the tuition-free classes or for more information, call 903-983-8288 or e-mail

About the Texas Talent Connection (II) Grant:

Offered at no charge thanks to a $500,000 Texas Talent Connection (II) Grant, the funds are awarded annually by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) using Wagner-Peyser 7(b) federal funds.

Classes offered at KC under the grant include Transportation – Commercial Driving; Manufacturing - Advanced Welding; Electrical – Industrial and Residential; and Professional Services – Human Resources.

KC is also collaborating with Workforce Solutions to provide job placement services for qualified candidates.

This is the second time KC has been awarded by the TWC with Wagner-Peyser 7(b) program funds for workforce training and job placement services.

The college was first awarded in 2016 with a $500,000 Wagner-Peyser 7(b) grant that provided 100 displaced workers with tuition-free courses.