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175 Graduate from Washington, DC area Electrical Apprenticeship Program

Newly minted Journeyman electricians will enter high-paying jobs in construction industry

IMG_9612The Joint Apprenticeship Training Program (JATC) celebrated the graduation of 175 apprentices to journeyman electricians and residential wireman to inside wireman status on June 4, 2016 at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD. The graduates, both men and women, completed a rigorous electrical training program to become Journeyman Electricians.

Of the 175 graduates, 137 students graduated from the JATC’s five-year Inside Wireman apprenticeship program. Graduates from this program completed over 800 hours of classroom instruction and 8,000 hours of supervised on-the-job training. In addition, five students graduated from the three-year Telecommunications program and became technicians. And lastly, 22 Residential Wireman completed the Residential Upgrade program and were upgraded to Inside Electrical Journeyman.

Washington, DC Electrical Apprenticeship Training Facilities Recognized

The JATC received visits from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez during National Apprenticeship Week

President Obama signed a proclamation designating the first week of November as National Apprenticeship Week and noted: “Without the skills to get new, higher-wage jobs, and without the knowledge to adapt to new machinery, systems, technology, and techniques, the American worker could fall behind. Apprenticeships help people upgrade their skills and keep pace with the demands of the 21st century.”

Jerry Rivera Joins Washington, D.C. Chapter of NECA as Safety Director

Rivera brings more than 15 years of experience in construction safety to electrical association

Jerry Rivera
Jerry Rivera, construction safety expert hired as safety director at Washington, D.C. Chapter of NECA.

Construction sites hold dozens of potential electrical safety hazards; therefore it’s no surprise ongoing safety education and training is one of the important benefits the Washington, D.C. Chapter of National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) offers its member contractors.
The NECA Chapter, a sponsor of the Electrical Alliance along with Local 26, IBEW, recently hired Jerry Rivera as safety director.

Rivera replaces Vince Miller who recently retired after 16 years in the position. As safety director, Rivera will conduct continuing education trainings for employees of NECA contractors, author articles and blog posts and oversee messages as related to electrical safety for the association.

Rivera holds a Diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology, Bachelors in Business Administration and a Master of Engineering in Safety Engineering.

He was recently appointed by the Assistant Secretary of Labor to Dr. David Michaels to serve on the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health for a second term.