(Russell Smith, Director of Training, AEJATC and Dr. Victoria Seals, ATC President, sign agreement.)
Atlanta Technical College and the Atlanta Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (AEJATC) signed an articulation agreement today. The agreement ensures that ATC students who have successfully completed the Electrical System Technology diploma and/or Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC) will have the option to join the AEJATC as a third-year apprentice. A third-year apprentice will earn $14.15 hourly while getting additional training. “This is the first program of its kind,” said Russell Smith, Director of Training for AEJATC. “It took a lot of hard work and we’re looking to duplicate this.”
In addition to being automatically eligible for the AEJATC program, students who have completed the three-year apprenticeship program and graduate will automatically begin earning $31.05 hourly. They will also receive certification from the Department of Labor as an Electrician for the State of Georgia.
“This is particularly important to us as we look to recruit,” said Chuck Little, Human Resource Director, Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association.
ATC students who complete the precedent-setting program will also have the option to join the IBEW local union and hold a ticket that allows them to work anywhere in the world as an electrician with the union.
“When they complete the third-year apprenticeship training, they’ll be making over $61,000 a year,” Little said.
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