On March 5, seniors from IDEA and three other DC charter high schools began a new pre-apprenticeship training program to prepare them for an electrical apprenticeship. The class, which runs from March through June, will cover electrical theory, tools, wiring, and safety. Upon completion of the 200-hour training and after graduating from high school, participants will be placed with IEC Chesapeake member contractors for employment while they begin their four-year electrical apprenticeship.
IDEA scholars participating in the program are William Ellerbe, Daelyn Gaither, Marquice Goldsberry, Brandon Griggs, Deontae Roach, Jaysun Smith, and Greg Tutson.
“This program provides a phenomenal opportunity for DC students to prepare for a lucrative career path while finishing their high school career, and IDEA is proud to work with IEC Chesapeake to help make this happen,” said IDEA Executive Director Justin Rydstrom, “We are also excited to partner across charter and public schools to expand access to postsecondary training opportunities for all students.”
Other students in the program attend Thurgood Marshall Academy, E. L. Haynes Public Charter School, and Luke C. Moore Opportunity Academy. Participants in the training program will meet in person at IDEA on Mondays and complete other work remotely, in addition to their regular school work.