Blackhawk Technical College: Phillips named 2016 Instructor of the Year from Associated Builders and Contractors

Gary Kohn (608) 757-7769 or cell (608) 436-9578 [email protected]

JANESVILLE, WI – – Greg Phillips, the Electrical Apprenticeship Instructor at Blackhawk Technical College, was recently honored as the 2016 Instructor of the Year from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) at the organization’s Graduation Banquet in the Wisconsin Dells.

Instructors eligible for the award have taught ABC apprentices for at least three years, are highly regarded by apprentices and employers, and have demonstrated a high degree of professionalism, and teaches within the guidelines of the program.

“I’m very proud of my trade; very passionate about its importance in our society and its vast fields of study and opportunity, and I want to pass that passion on,” Phillips said upon receiving the award,

During the presentation, ABC noted how Phillips’ students used words like passionate, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and patient to describe him. “When I go into class I know he is not only going to help me become a great electrician but also a better person,” one student said.

Phillips is “a dedicated and humble man who is truly gifted in inspiring his students to enjoy school and love electrical and this is the legacy he leaves with every student,” ABC said in introducing the award.

ABC’s apprenticeship class of 2016 boasts 120 graduates, representing 12 trades: Carpentry, Concrete Finisher, Construction Craft Laborer, Electrical, Electronic Systems Technician, Heavy Equipment Operator, HVAC, Heat & Frost Insulating, Plumbing, Roofing, Steam Fitting and Sprinkler Fitting.

Information on BTC’s electrical apprenticeship program is available at


Blackhawk Technical College is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System. BTC has five campus locations in Monroe, Milton, Beloit and Janesville, WI offering more than 50 programs including two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas. In addition, BTC is a major provider of customized training and technical assistance for the Rock and Green County business community. More than half of all adults living in Wisconsin have accessed the technical colleges for education and training during the last decade.