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Electrician Apprentice Program Receives $297,000

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The Pennsylvania Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Grants Program recently awarded $297,000 to the West Central Pennsylvania Joint Electricians Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) to expand its Clearfield Training Center.

JATC offers a five-year, tuition-free apprenticeship program to prepare students for a career as an electrician. Over the past few years, student enrollment has increased and JATC needs to hire additional part-time instructors.

The funding will be used to hire three additional part-time instructors and add additional classrooms and hands-on labs to the training center.

The addition of labs will remove the hardship for students who must drive up to two and a half hours each way to use the hands-on lab at the JATC facility in Pittsburgh.

“JATC is committed to meeting the demand for qualified electricians by providing industry-leading electrical training at no cost through classroom instruction and on-the-job training,” said Paul Reinert, director of the JATC training. “Apprentices enter our program at different ages and stages in their lives, from young men and women who have just graduated from high school to men and women with families.”

The Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship program increases the availability of apprenticeships by helping employers recruit and develop talent. Funding may be used for expenses related to supplementary education to on-the-job learning.