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Howard Community College introduces electrical apprenticeship

Howard Community College introduced an electrical apprenticeship program Wednesday in partnership with Independent Electrical Contractors Chesapeake.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the electrical industry is on track for continued growth, and this new program is providing a pathway for students to enter an in-demand field. During the four-year program, apprentices study at Howard Community College in Columbia and Independent Electrical Contractors Chesapeake in Laurel while working full time with a participating employer.

Apprentices in the program will earn advanced standing in pursuing an electronics technology associate in applied science or electrical engineering associate in applied engineering degrees. In addition, students receive credentials as a journeyworker electrician upon completion of the program.

Howard Community College’s partner, Independent Electrical Contractors Chesapeake, will offer classes in Laurel. The electrical and renewable energy contractor association comprises more than 150 contractors and industry partners and represents over 10,000 professionals in the electrical industry.

In addition, Howard Community College established a transition pathway for Howard County Public School System students. High school seniors who have completed the first year of instruction and on-the-job training through Apprenticeship Maryland’s graduation pathway can finish their apprenticeship at Howard Community College after graduating high school.

In addition to the electrical apprenticeship, Howard Community College partners with local businesses to offer apprenticeships in the fields of software development; biomedical engineering technology; construction management; heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration; and information technology.

The college will accept applications for the electrical apprenticeship through Dec. 4. Information sessions will be held for prospective students Dec. 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. Learn more about these sessions and the application process at

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