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Maryland Expands Innovative Pathways to Success Program

Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Program Now Available for Anne Arundel County Public School Students

BALTIMORE (August 27, 2019) – Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson today announced the expansion of the Pathways to Success Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship Program to now serve students in Anne Arundel County. Originally piloted in Howard County, this classroom instruction and hands-on skills training program prepares Maryland youth for employment and registered apprenticeship in one of the fastest growing occupations in construction.

“As the skilled trades continue to experience workforce shortages, it is imperative that Maryland’s workforce system proactively responds to this trend by expanding the availability of our apprenticeship programs,” said Secretary Robinson. “The Pathways to Success initiative allows business, school systems, and government to collaborate and offer students a valuable experience that puts them on a career pathway and sets them up for success.”

Pathways to Success is a collaboration between the Maryland Department of Labor, Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), and the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Chesapeake. Through this pre-apprenticeship program, up to 15 youth from AACPS will be given an opportunity to begin a career in the electrical trade.

IEC Chesapeake will conduct a 200-hour electrical trade pre-apprenticeship program for the enrolled students, which will include a combination of hands-on training and classroom instruction. Each student that successfully completes the program and meets minimum criteria set by IEC Chesapeake will secure employment as an electrician helper and have a chance to participate in Maryland’s registered apprenticeship program.

For more information about Maryland’s workforce system, or training opportunities provided for those who qualify, please contact the Department of Labor’s Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning at

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