SPC Apprentices Earn While They Learn

August 6, 2020

Alexa Saavedra, Strategic Communications Coordinator

In partnership with the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), a national construction industry trade association, St. Philip’s College electrical trades students have the opportunity to earn while they learn under the ABC - South Texas apprenticeship program. ABC - South Texas is comprised of various contracting and sub-contracting companies in San Antonio, such as Joeris General Contractors, Skanska and SpawGlass.

Each year, the ABC Apprentice Program provides opportunities for over 150 local apprentices to learn technical knowledge and build skills in electrical, plumbing, carpentry and sheet metal. At the end of the four-year program, technicians receive a Texas Apprentice Electrician License. Apprenticeship programs prepare workers for jobs in a variety of industries including construction, healthcare, energy, hospitality, transportation and advanced manufacturing. Under the supervision of an experienced worker, the apprentice usually starts by learning simple, repetitive work tasks and then gradually takes on more complex duties. 

St. Philip’s partners with area organizations to offer paid apprenticeships that accompany classroom learning. The benefits to students are on-the-job training, networking opportunities, work experience and pay while earning degrees or certificates. In July, electrical trades apprentices took the next step toward becoming journeymen by completing performance testing exams. Technicians earned college credits that can be used towards advanced degrees and certificates. 

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