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A new apprenticeship partnership between Harford Community College and Harford Technical High School (HTHS) was recently formed to promote trades as a career choice and for high school students to begin training in their senior year of high school. Students who have taken either electrical courses or HVAC courses at HTHS and plan to enroll in the apprenticeship programs at Harford are eligible. For the 2018-19 school year, electrical students were automatically accepted into the electrical apprenticeship program after they completed their senior year of high school. HVAC students were not only automatically accepted, but entered as second-year apprentices. Beginning with the next year’s class (2019-20 school year), students in both programs will be admitted after high school graduation as second-year students in the apprenticeship program. Students who are working for a contractor in a work program can also earn up to 1,000 hours of their on-the-job training. 

This partnership was established through collaborations between Harford Community College, HTHS, the Maryland Apprenticeship Training Council, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation, the Harford County Electrical Contractors Association (HCECA), and Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors (HACC) of Maryland to offer an alternative career path to traditional college education and to provide an opportunity for youth to finish high school, while having already begun their career in a registered apprenticeship program as a high school student. These programs give students an opportunity to get a jump start to their career, start earning money as soon as they enter the program, and complete with little or no debt. According to Acting Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation James E. Rzepkowski, “Apprenticeship is an ideal option for job seekers desiring hands-on training and career advancement, and for employers to develop and grow their future workforce.”

In recognition of this partnership between HTHS and HCC’s apprenticeship programs, a “Signing Day” was held at HTHS on May 16 for students committing to trades programs. A Proclamation from the Governor was presented to HTHS, along with HCECA and HACC, declaring May to be Apprenticeship Career Pathways Month. 

For more information about the high school apprenticeship programs, contact Matt Baylis at mbaylis@harford.edu or 443-412-2728.


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