16 electrical apprentices graduate through ABC program in Charlotte

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ABC electrical apprentices celebrate at their graduation ceremony

The Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas (ABC) recognized the future of the construction industry in a graduation ceremony at The Broken Spoke in Charlotte on May 24.

ABC graduated 16 electrical apprentices class who have completed 8,000 on-the-job training (OJT) hours and 643 hours of classroom related instruction. The apprentices’ OJT hours include a variety of tasks, including: use and care of tools, conduit, duct work, switchboards, wiring devices, lighting fixtures, motors and controls and general electrical work. The apprentices also complete four years of classroom training completing the National Center for Construction and Education Research (NCCER) curriculum.

“It is an honor to stand with these men and women as they receive their degrees,” said ABC’s national chair Chuck Goodrich.“Apprenticeship is the other four-year degree.”

This year’s graduation was scheduled to be held at the Charlotte Knights Baseball stadium with the graduates on the field and the 2017 valedictorian, Jeremiah Fulwider with WB Moore throwing out the first pitch. Due to extreme weather, the ceremony was moved indoors.

This year’s graduates include:

Jeremiah Fulwider – WB Moore; Travis Bunch – Gaylor Electric; Matthew King – HBE; Marty Gibbs – SEC; Joshua Adkins – SEC; John Alford – SEC; Gary Tunnell – WB Moore; James Archer – WB Moore; Oliver Crawford – Watson Electrical Construction; Karl Vieweg – Watson Electrical Construction; Zacharie Paine – Watson Electrical Construction; Nick Shuemaker – Adams Electric; Marco Marquez – Hard Hat; Octavio Hernandez – Hard Hat; Todd Wilson – Watson Electric; and Alex Traver – Watson Electric.

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