Philip Kirkland currently serves as CEO of PK Kirk Electrical & Telecom – a regional telecom infrastructure service provider specializing in upgrades, antenna modifications, and small cell solutions for telecom carriers in the western regions of the US.
After earning a Journeyman Electrician Certification from the IBEW Local 340 Sacramento, 1997
Philip obtained a general electrical contractor C 10 license. He became the leader in energy management systems, working with fortune 500 companies Honeywell, Trane, and Siemens. Philip worked on special projects with GTE Data Storage Center, Reynolds Aluminum, Campbell Soup, University of California, Davis campus, COSTCO, Frito Lay, Travis & Beale AFB, Gold Country Casino, Modesto Memorial Hospital and Methodist Hospital in Sacramento.
2016 Philip formed D P Telecom and supervised the installations of technology upgrades and antenna modifications for Verizon Inc. AT&T. 2019 Philip formed PK Kirk Electrical & Telecommunication where he currently works and trains from.
"My father was a radar technician in the United States Air Force with the rank of E-5. He was a Vietnam War Veteran accredited with flying over 365 missions in the Vietnam War. My father enlisted at the age of 18 and loved his job in the military. After eighteen years of service he received a medical discharge due to a heart attack. After my father came home and recovered from his surgery I watched him struggle to find adequate employment, this was very frustrating to him. How could he fly and direct million dollar jet fighters to their targets with his job in the military, but not have any job skills that would qualify him for civilian employment. I know first hand that it is very hard for veterans to get civilian employment once they leave the military. Some veterans enlist out of high school and the military training is all they know. They receive high quality training for their job in the service but most of the jobs cannot be duplicated in the civilian work place. My passion is to educate and train our veterans and provide them with quality job skills in the building automation industry. This will empower them with confidence to achieve high pay employment, and assist them with their transition to civilian life. After all that are veterans have done for us, I feel that it is very important that we provide them the opportunity were they can achieve the necessary knowledge and skills needed to live a productive life in today’s society. With your help we can provide a positive pathway and make a difference for our veterans, homeless and at risk community members."
Telecommunication classes are taught by Volunteers and a Retired Local#340 Journeymen Electrician, License California State Contractors and Telecommunication Contractors. "
We address the need to have skilled labors ready to enter the job market. We provide our trainees with support including, but not limited to:job opportunities; educational and mentorship.
Our mission is to provide specialized in-person job training in the technical field of telecommunication for homeless, (veterans) at-risk, and working poor individuals, and to help them rebuild and restructure their lives. Decreasing dependency on federal programs, chronic unemployment, and community deterioration while promoting contribution to the regional economy. We are seeking Sponsors to donate Vocational Training Material and Learning Labs.
Our Hands On Training Program Project "HOT" is leveling the playing field for individuals that can be considered hard-to-serve, unemployable and are competing for jobs with other individuals without extensive barriers. Since 2016 - 2020 40% of our graduates have obtain management positions within the classification of their original job placement. Our trainees are employed and meeting the national self-sufficiency standard that incorporates basic needs like food, housing, transportation, etc.
We are seeing transformation of homeless individual that use to live in roadside encampments, tent cities and in their car forming bonds with their co-workers, sometimes crying saying," thank you thank you."
Some of these guys are paying it forward, visiting homeless camps giving food, clothes,
encouragement, telling their story about the help they receive through Love My Life, Inc. Project "HOT". "We are using our skills to plant seeds of change, it can't get any better than this".
We have found that collaboration is the key to making this happen. Expanding our relationship with local contractor in order to garner their support for sponsorship and participation.
We've gain the support of the Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center’s (SCCSC) to provide our training through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) In-School and Out-of-School youth services. Our support of the SCCSC in this endeavor includes our organizations commitment to partner and provide resources, to clients participating in the SCCSC’s Youth Employment Program.
A Job coach will meet with the participant at their job site or by phone for the first six months after employment to ensure participant is successfully adjusting to the workforce. We are getting more letters of commitments with potential employers and a Nat’l Workforce Solutions Collaborative.
Our program's monitoring and measurement tools include acquisition of new community partners, collaborators, and neighborhood ambassadors, i.e. recruitment of multi-lingual community partners to serve our growing number of program participants; expansion of communities served and services provided.