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If you get into the program to train as an electrician that is run by the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC), you will be making $25.63 per hour when you draw your first paycheck. And you will draw that check pretty quickly because the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ (IBEW) program is a combination of classroom learning, hands-on training, and on-the-job experience. It is a five-year program, but you earn while you learn.

“The state used to regulate the training into periods,” said Jake Benninger, the JATC training director, “but that was disadvantageous to women and minorities. We told them that we needed to recruit all the time.” A year ago the IBEW launched an online application process and the numbers of applicants jumped by 400 percent...

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- - Volume: 2 - WEEK: 16 Date: 4/15/2014 6:15:06 AM -