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For release: 03 June, 2019
The Harford County Electrical Contractors Apprenticeship graduation took place on Friday, May 10, at the Amoss Center at Harford Technical High School. In attendance was Dr. Dianna G. Phillips, President of Harford Community College, who extended her congratulations to the graduating class. Ryker Hughes, Assistant Professor of Business at Harford Community College, served as Master of Ceremonies. Also addressing the graduates were Dennis Felts, Executive Director, and Ronald Blaney, Training Director, of HCECA, as well as Mr. Christopher MacLarion, Director for Apprenticeship Training, and James E. Rzepkowski, Acting Secretary, both with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation. Harford County Executive Barry Glassman was the guest speaker and addressed the graduating class of 69 new apprentices, the program’s third largest class since its inception. He relayed how his father was a trained tradesperson who always reinforced the values of this honorable profession, including the ability to provide well for their family and the satisfaction of helping others.
The apprenticeship school, which is housed at Harford Community College’s Edgewood Hall, graduates approximately 50 to 70 students each year. Since 1982, 1,761 apprentices have graduated from this program. They anticipate another 100+ new enrollments for the fall of 2019.
The Harford County Electrical Contractors Association (HCECA) was formed as an official group in 1941. In 1978, the organization was restructured and over the next few years it became one of the largest electrical apprenticeship programs in the state of Maryland. The Contractors Association organized their members, worked with local and state agencies, hired educational consultants, and formed a long-term academic partnership with Harford Community College, thus ensuring the stability and growth of the trade. With this partnership all graduates, upon completion of their apprenticeship with HCECA, will receive 20 college credits that can be used at Harford Community College toward a degree or are transferable to another college or university.
The apprenticeship program includes four years of classroom instruction, in accordance with state and federal regulations. The classes begin in September and run through April each year, which meets the required 144 hours of classroom instruction. Students are thoroughly trained in residential wiring (1st year), commercial wiring (2nd year), industrial wiring (3rd year), and blueprint reading & code (4th year) for a total of 576 classroom hours over the four years. In addition, apprentices must acquire 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. Upon completion, each student is issued a State of Maryland Certificate of Completion, identifying the student as a qualified journeyperson electrician.
The 69 HCECA graduates are Jason D. Adams, Victor G. Armstrong, Noah D. Ash, Scott T. Awalt, Ryan C. Bell, David C. Bell, III, Kyle J. Boileau, Anthony J. Borg, Richard M. Bossom, Nathan A. R. Bronnee’, Colin J. Brooks, Devynn T. Brown, Chad E. Burchett, Thomas M. Burton, Joel D. Carlotta, Eric K. Covelly, Patrick M. Cyphers, Tylr F. Dameron, Cody M. Danna, Jonathan D. Drewen, Charles J. Edwards, Jr, Wesley P. Eshelman, Mark S. Feinour, Kevin S. Gnacyk, Lauren J. Gordon, Kyle R. Gowers, Jeremy D. Greenwood, Alex N. Harris, John M. Harris, Jr., Tylr A. Hoskins, Eric J. Huber, Alexander G. Jackson, Christian M. Johnson, Javuan M. Johnson, Zachary R. Keplinger, Corey B. Kinsey, Adam P. Koenig, Demetrie C. Kornias, Taven M. Lancaster, Stefan W. Leber, Wayne A. Lloyd, Jr., Quenta L. Lyle, Sr., Bryan W. Marsiglia, Eric E. Marvin, Kyle P. Miller, Anthony I. Moore, James A. Mulkern, Jason J. O’Bryan, Woodrow W. Perdue, III, Brandon J. Piper, James T. Price, III, Jacob S. Raemer, Dominic J. Rose Jr., James D. Ross, Luke A. Schmitt, Matthew C. Schwartz. Wesley F. Smith, Fotis Solomonides, Donald R. Stone, III, Rex Sumo, Jeffrey J. Tapino, Joshua C. Taylor, Austin H. Thompson, Robert Y. Trudeau, Nathan H. Wheatley, Brandon M. White, John G. Wilson, Terry W. Windle, Jr., and Asiel R. White.
The top six students were recognized for academic achievement (from 1st through 6th): Demetrie C. Kornias, Colin J. Brooks, Tylr A. Hoskins, James D. Ross, Jonathan D. Drewen, and James A. Mulkern.
For more information on the Harford County Electrical Contractors Apprenticeship Program, please contact Ronn Blaney, HCECA Electrical Apprenticeship Training Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Harford.edu. The original deadline to apply of May 31 has been extended; students must apply by June 12 to be considered for the fall classes beginning at the end of August 2019.
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