Electrician students can take classes free, thanks to grant

A new electrical program at College of the Mainland will train students to be electrical helpers in about eight months. The H-1B Gulf Coast Ready to Work Grant will pay students’ tuition for those that qualify.

Taught by instructors with years of experience in the field, each course combines classroom instruction with hands-on work. Classes are held in the evenings to accommodate students' work schedules.

Students will quickly develop the skills necessary for entry-level positions with commercial or residential electrical businesses. Individuals will learn mechanical and troubleshooting skills and practice how to operate electrical tools, wiring and install conduits safely. 

“College of the Mainland partners with local industry representatives and employers who are invited to the classes to introduce their companies to students and discuss any job openings,” said Anett King, H-1B Ready to Work Project Manager. “Participants who complete the program are trained for entry-level and helper positions that are associated with residential or commercial electrical businesses.”

The median hourly wage for electricians is $21.71 with helpers starting around $14.80 according to the Department of Labor.

Electricians are in high demand, and the Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board projects that by 2020 opportunities will increase 8.3 percent along the Gulf Coast.

Graduates may work in many industries including energy providers, power plants, construction sites, and energy exploration organizations.

Individuals interested must be over 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED to be eligible for the H1B Ready to Work Grant, which covers all tuition for classes.

For more information, call Chris Hollman at 409-933-8643.

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