ECIA Announces New E-Learning Opportunity

For several years the ECIA Foundation, led by Foundation President Jim Kaplan, has envisioned establishing basic training for new employees to the electronics industry. A committee was formed in 2021 to oversee the course development. ECIA Service Partner Lectrix Group is creating the courses on a platform that will be hosted on the ECIA website for all members to use as part of their annual dues! Non-members may have access to the training, but at a cost.  

Members of the PACE Training committee include:
ECIA Foundation Board members Jim Kaplan, Cornell-Dubilier Electronics; Bruce Kellar, Sager Electronics and Diane Laegeler, Digi International
along with Jennifer Townsend and Todd Martin, Carlton-Bates Company; Robert Derringer, Crouzet; Laura Rude, Digi-Key Electronics; Mark Pierce, ebm-papst; Bill Bradford, Flip Electronics; Christine Bell, JF Kilfoil; Dawn Manhart, Knowles Precision Devices; Allison Turner, Laird Thermal Systems; Caroline Wells, Omron; Aubrie Nooney, PEI-Genesis; Rochelle Harris, Jeremy Lane and Kristyn Nicholson, TTI, Inc. and Julie Fajardo, TDK-Lambda.

This program is designed to enable ECIA member companies to offer introductory courses explaining key concepts about the industry to educate new hires. The courses will reside on the ECIA website where activity and progress can be reported back to member companies. In the future, the courses will be made available via a licensing agreement that will allow a company to customize the content, add their own branding, and potentially house within their own Learning Management Systems. Those details are being worked out. 

The first five courses focus on the critical need for employees to understand:

  • The interaction of the industry's constituents: Industry Overview
  • Frequently used Terms and Definitions
  • The products we sell - a high level review of types of components
  • Taking a Product to Market - the steps to development and marketing of a product
  • The Industry Landscape (covering ancillary companies such as EMS, Design, etc.)

Future courses will be determined by the ECIA Foundation based on feedback by our members. 

PACE Training

The story behind the name of the courses is one borne of respect and honor for an industry pioneer. TTI Founder Paul Andrews was a visionary and had a passion for education. Upon his passing early in 2021, Foundation President Jim Kaplan saw the funding of this training initiative as a way for the industry to honor Mr. Andrews. The Paul Andrews Continuous Education Training was created - P.A.C.E.  A presentation to TTI's CEO Mike Morton was conducted on Monday, August 30th. 

Industry leaders rose to the occasion and have pledged over $400,000 to fully fund and expand the course offerings. This funding will enable ECIA to maintain and increase the number of courses for the foreseeable future.  We have set a goal of $500,000 which will guarantee ECIA members access to unique industry training for their new hires. In addition to the companies below that have given so generously, Warren Buffett contributed in honor of his friend: 

Founding Donors
Abracon ITT Cannon O’Donnell Associates. North, Inc.

AEM Group






Avnet Inc. 

Kruvand Associates, Inc.




Phoenix Contact


Luscombe Electronics Sales


Brainard-Nielsen Marketing, Inc.

Marsh Electronics, Inc.

Spectrum Marketing

Carlton-Bates Company

Master Electronics


Cornell-Dubilier Electronics


TE Connectivity

Digi-Key Electronics




New Yorker Electronics Co. Inc. 




Westmark Electronics

Be a Part of the Industry's Education

Your company can still participate – join your peers in making a donation and commitment to passing the torch to the next generation of electronic component industry workers. This is an ECIA Foundation initiative and all donations are tax deductible and be earmarked for the continued expansion of this program. Again, these courses will be free to all ECIA member companies and their employees. If you are able to donate to this wonderful effort, please reach out to Debbie Conyers ([email protected]). If you have questions, please contact us!