As a grandmother of a 17-year-old apprentice female electrician, I applaud your program.
My granddaughter was fortunate enough to have graduated this year from Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School in New Bedford, Mass. in the electrican technology department. The school operates on nine day cycles - nine days in academics and nine days in shop. During her senior year she participated in their co-op program where during the co-op cycle qualifying students are placed out in the field with contractors who partipate in the program with the school. Jesley was employed with S & W Electric out of Bridewater, MA. Her first co-op job was at I-Heart Radio in Medford where she got her first taste of a working environment. Students are graded during co-op by their foreman by their attendance and performance on the job. Her second co-op job was with the same company working at Ocean Spray in Lakeville (which was so much closer to home). There she also worked in a commercial environment and gained even more experience. At the end of the school year, S & W offered her a full-time job. She currently is working on a $25 million home in Osterville doing residential work. Although the drive from New Bedford to Osterville daily is a grind, she is gaining so much on the job training and experience. She enjoys her trade and plans on continuing doing it for the forseeable future. There will always be a need for someone to turn wrenches no matter how much technology changes over the years. I come from a blue collar family and feel like I enjoyed the same lifestyle and comforts as my friends who came from more professional families.