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Pre-Apprenticeship Program for Students

Pre-Apprenticeship Program for Students

POSTED: Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 10:40am

UPDATED: Friday, June 29, 2012 - 11:44am

EL PASO - This summer high school juniors and seniors have the chance to join a pre-apprenticeship program that can give them real world experience in becoming an electrician.

"They will come here twice a week and do the rest of apprenticeship schooling and work part time for one of our contractors, but they have to graduate high school to stay in the program And must keep a 2.5 GPA in their regular studies," Michael Waldo from the El Paso Electricians JATC said.

The ten week program gets students ready for paid work experience with local contractors.

"You earn while you learning always nice to make some money instead of having some huge student loan when you get done," Waldo said.

Workforce Solutions Upper Rio Grande is teaming up with the El Paso Electricians Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee by sponsoring the pilot program that can potentially help fill the high growing occupation and provide students an opportunity to succeed.

"Help them to go through these types of programs for work readiness, work experience or even provide the next step to go to college early and it will help them in their future lives," Teo Ugalde from Workforce Solutions.

After completing the program, teenagers will be able to continue as part time employees their senior year and could even have full-time employment after graduation.

"It's going to give the kids an opportunity to learn occupational skills and to make a living and to make a living that is going to be sustainable," Ugalde said.

If you're interested in applying go to the Workforce Solutions Upper Rio Grande location at 1359 Lomaland from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. this Saturday for more information.

Don't forget to bring a proof of income and a government issued form of identification for all of the requirements just click here.

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but yet, we have electricians that cant find a job to support their families and these teenages with no responsibilities can go out and work, even though it's part time. thats bull!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! there are a whole bunch of electricians that are unemployed. and when these apprentices get done with their classes, there will be more electricians looking for work. jatc needs to slow down or stop the next classes from starting till there is an actuall need for more electricians.

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