Local Electrical Apprenticeship Program Expands in Manassas

Published on January 26, 2009

LANHAM, MD— January 26, 2009— The Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) recently purchased a training facility in Manassas, Virginia at 7016 Infantry Ridge Road. The JATC designed the facility to meet their needs but have rented it for the past six years. This facility serves as another training location in the Washington, DC area. The headquarters and main training location is in Lanham, Maryland. 

The JATC is sponsored by the Electrical Alliance, a cooperative effort between the Local 26 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). It currently graduates about 100 apprentices a year from three and five year programs.

The training takes place in state-of-the art classrooms that are equipped with the hands-on tools to teach apprentices the skills they need in the field. The building’s power systems are visible so that apprenticeship may learn how they operate. While students can take classes at either facility, this new training center features a man hole for confined space and rescue training inside the building. All students in the apprenticeship program travel to the Manassas training center for that specific training.

“The student population continues to grow as does the need for skilled electricians, so this facility makes us better equipped to educate more future electricians,” explains David McCord, director of the JATC.

The JATC electrical apprenticeship training program is available to all applicants in the metro counties of Maryland, D.C., and northern and central Virginia. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have completed high school or the equivalent. It is highly competitive and applicants must pass a written exam and a verbal interview.