(April 5, 2019) – Hagerstown Community College has received a $48,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to support the growth of construction trades apprenticeship in Washington County. The grant, awarded under the state’s Apprenticeship Innovation Fund, will support the development and delivery of pre-apprenticeship training over the next year.
The training will cover the pre-apprenticeship core curriculum defined by the National Center for Construction Education and Research, which is broadly recognized across Maryland and surrounding states. The classes will also serve as a feeder for Registered Apprenticeship programs in HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and carpentry offered through the Barr Institute at the Cumberland Valley Associated Builders and Contractors chapter in Hagerstown.
“A healthy construction trades apprenticeship is one key to sustaining economic growth in our area,” according to Jack Drooger, program manager for workforce development at HCC. “ABC Cumberland Valley has been a strong provider of apprenticeship and we’re pleased to partner with them to make the process even stronger.”
Pre-apprenticeship classes will begin in May and continue through the summer at HCC’s Energy and Trades Training Center in preparation for individuals entering fall Registered Apprenticeship programs. For more information on the pre-apprenticeship classes and grant funded tuition, contact HCC’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development division at 240-500-2236.