Winter Golf – Why Not? Building Omaha Partners with Omaha Mavericks for Premier Sporting Event

Freezing temps? No trouble. A little snow? No sweat. Turns out, you can golf in winter in Nebraska, thanks to Building Omaha and its community partners.

Building Omaha, in cooperation with Omaha Mavericks, presented the 2020 Omaha Athletics Virtual Golf Outing November 23 through December 13. The inaugural event was a hit with dozens of golfers looking to extend their playing season well beyond summer.

Organized through Topgolf, one of Omaha’s newest sporting and entertainment venues, individual players or teams of up to four golfers gathered virtually for an enjoyable, interactive – and pandemic-proof – community event. Unlike actual golf where the lowest score wins, the highest scores took home a fabulous array of prizes. 

Individual winners were Jon Tucker, first place; Cory Hydar, second place; and Brandon Beresh, third place. The winning team was from the University of Nebraska Omaha’s (UNO) Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Within the individual category, the first place winner was awarded a $100 Austad’s Golf gift card and a $75 Lawlor’s gift card, as well as a prize pack from Building Omaha. Second place took home a $50 gas card from Baxter Auto, a $50 Lawlor’s gift card, and an Omaha Athletics swag bag. Third place pocketed a $35 Godfather’s Pizza gift card, a $25 Lawlor’s gift card, and an Omaha Athletics swag bag. 

The highest scoring team (four-person total) won a suite night at Baxter Arena for a UNO men’s or women’s basketball game, Maverick quarter-zip pull-overs, and Maverick baseball hats. The team coming in second scored four 2021-2022 season tickets for UNO men’s and women’s basketball, Maverick soccer scarves, and Maverick baseball hats each. The third place team garnered Maverick golf polos and Maverick baseball hats for every member.  

We at Building Omaha are pleased with the success of the first virtual golf outing, happy to give back to the community in which our members live and work. We are passionate about community engagement, whether it is educational, like our partnership with Omaha Public Schools, or entertaining, like the Omaha Athletics Virtual Golf Outing. 

We look forward to continuing to give back to our city in both meaningful and fun ways. So, dust off your clubs this spring when Building Omaha and Omaha Mavericks host another virtual Topgolf outing. We’re going to power your game!

Building Omaha is a partnership between local electrical contractors and union electricians that provides the highest level of trained electricians for residential, low voltage, or commercial construction projects. Together, we support economic development, contribute to the growing workforce, provide jobs with unmatched benefits, and empower career advancement and security. 

Strengthening Our Community Connection

Community engagement is our passion. And one of the best ways we can connect with our local community is to promote career success – and all the benefits this brings – through education. 

Thus, Building Omaha has partnered with Omaha Public Schools (OPS) to help current high school students find career paths suited to their talents and interests. We feel it is important to have proactive conversations with students and their parents while students are determining their post-graduation plans.

A four-year college experience is just one option. Others include Building Omaha’s apprenticeship program, the largest apprenticeship, and training program of its kind in which students are paid while learning the electrical trade.

In the past, Building Omaha has participated in OPS’ Career Fair. However, for safety considerations, this annual event transitioned to a virtual speaker series, held Nov. 24th during the academic day.  One participant was Kevin Wetuski, training director of Omaha Joint Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Committee, in affiliation with Building Omaha. 

Kevin shared information about the bright future students could have in the electrical field, including Building Omaha’s Joint Apprenticeship Program between the National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

As a hands-on, earn-while-you-learn advanced education for promising OPS high school graduates, participants receive paid on-the-job training, learning from seasoned electrical pros. They also attend class twice weekly. Scholarships are available, and participants have the option to choose from three- or five-year programs.  

Graduates of the Apprenticeship Program are among the finest and most highly trained electrical workers in the country. Curriculum adheres to the time-tested, standardized education programs developed by the Electrical Training ALLIANCE for the Electrical Industry, supporting both NECA and IBEW. 

Over 350,000 apprentices have advanced to journeyman status through local affiliate programs. We look forward to welcoming another apprenticeship class to our state-of-the-art training center, which has grown by 24,000-square feet, courtesy of our new expansion plan.  

Building Omaha is a partnership that powers our city. Its apprenticeship program will Power Your Future. And it will be a bright one with Building Omaha.

Visit OJEATC to learn more about our apprenticeship program.

Thursday Night Lights Returns for Another Season

Ah, fall. The return of cooler temps, all things pumpkin, and…football! And that means the return of Thursday Night Lights, a local student-athlete scholarship program sponsored by Building Omaha.

Building Omaha is the partnership of the National Electrical Contractors Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #22, and we are passionate about grassroots involvement in our community. Thursday Night Lights is an example of this dedication. 

Teachers and principals from metro-area schools nominate outstanding athletes, representing all sports and not just football. Each week, two nominees are named Scholar-Athlete of the Week and featured in the weekly IBEW/NECA Thursday Night Lights spot. 

From this pool, the Scholar-Athlete of the Year is selected. Candidates are invited to submit a video entry, outlining why they deserve the Scholar-Athlete of the Year recognition, and a panel of pre-selected judges determine the winner. The honor carries a $3,000 scholarship award that is earmarked for future education, be it college or an apprenticeship program, such as the program offered by the Electrical Training ALLIANCE.

Building Omaha is grateful for the local community’s support. Programs such as Thursday Night Lights give us the opportunity to show our appreciation and recognize outstanding individuals who make our city so special. 

Know a student who excels in the classroom and on the field or court? Nominate him or her for Scholar-Athlete of the Week here. 

And if you’re interested in learning more about scholarships in the electrical industry, email

Building Omaha In The Community

Building Omaha is dedicated to the Omaha community

Local IBEW Electricians & NECA Contractors work together to invest in the greater Omaha metro. Everything from job safety to giving back is done with others in mind. The lives of our employees and customers alike are of utmost importance and shine through on each and every project we complete.

Community is our cornerstone.

From job safety for customers and employees to creating jobs to sustaining families and creating a better future for our children through job security and benefits. We’re committed to building up the next generation of electrical workers through our apprenticeship program, career opportunities, high-quality service to our customers, and giving back.

Our investment in community is not just monetary. It’s meaningful and intentional stewardship. Here are a few of the ways we seek and support our people.

Thursday Night Lights

Thursday Night Lights – Scholar Athlete Program that awards a $3,000 scholarship to one lucky high school Scholar-Athlete of the Year toward their future education. 

Omaha Public Schools

Omaha Public Schools – Creating Awareness for Successful Career Paths – Our goal is to provide students and their parents more options for the future after graduation. This includes non-traditional career paths such as apprenticeships.

UNO Athletics

University of Nebraska Omaha Athletics – We are passionate about building up our youth in the Omaha metro, and athletics is a key component in doing just that.

Stamp Out Hunger

Stamp Out Hunger – We’re a proud sponsor of the largest one-day food drive in the nation. This drive

Prosper Omaha

Prosper Omaha – Economic Development through the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce

These are just a few of the ways we’re making an impact in our great city.

Watch the video above to learn more about how Building Omaha is committed to community.