May 23, 2013
One employee and eight residents of the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis (HACA) recently received certificates as the first graduates of pre-apprentice electrical worker training in the 2013 Green Housing/Grow Jobs program.
Completing the program were DeShawne Aytch, Sharika Holland, Eric Johnson, Marcus Jones, Todd Neal, Dora Lynn Powell, HACA employee Brian Snowden, Kourtney Turner and Reginald Wilkerson. They were trained to perform electrical retrofit lighting audits to lower utility bills at HACA and to increase energy efficiency. During the training, the Morris Bloom Building retrofitted for energy efficiency.
Each participant who completed the program will be placed in permanent employment. In addition to learning electrical skills, participants learned how to read schematics, research electrical codes, earned OSHA 10 and CPR/First Aid certifications, earned an Anne Arundel Community College continuing education certificate, developed job search skills and improved their work skills and level of professionalism.
AACC, through its partnership with the Independent Electric Contractors Chesapeake, provided 480 pre-apprenticeship training hours. The Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families received the grant funding and contracted with the other partners to provide the training. That group also provided personal counseling to the participants and McElroy Enterprises provided initial assessments, career screening, pre-employment training and program follow-up. The Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation also was a partner. The students were trained at the IEC facilities in Laurel, using the HACA bus to reach the site.
For information, contact Michael Yeakey, director of occupational skills at AACC, by email or by calling 410-777-2918.