The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) in Lanham, Md. recently celebrated the graduation of 120 students. These men and women completed the electrical apprenticeship programs and became fourneyman electricians and technicians after completing rigorous training programs.

The 68th Annual Graduation Ceremony, that took place at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Md., recognized 94 students who graduated from the JATC’s five-year Inside Wireman apprenticeship program. Graduates from this program completed over 800 hours of classroom instruction and 8,000 hours of supervised on-the-job training. In addition, four students graduated from the three-year Telecommunications program and became Technicians. An additional 22 residential wireman, who completed the residential program, were upgraded to journeyman.

The JATC Class of 2014 "We are always so proud of the accomplishments these graduates have made,” said JATC Director, David McCord, “The apprenticeship programs are intense and completing them and beginning a career in the electrical industry is a very exciting time for them.”

This year’s valedictorian was Matthew M. Grady, who along with receiving the highest marks in his class, also had perfect attendance during all five years of the program.

Grady and his fellow graduates will earn $84,800 a year plus benefits with no student loans to pay off as Journeyman Electricians. Their expertise is in demand on projects across the Washington, DC region and they have the ability to grow in their careers and move into other areas such as JATC instruction, project management or owning their own business.

The JATC is sponsored by the Electrical Alliance, a cooperative effort between the Washington, D.C. Chapter of National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 26.