ANDOVER — Superintendent John Lavoie is pleased to share that Greater Lawrence Technical School will offer professional Electrical and Plumbing apprenticeship courses this fall, preparing trainees to take journeyman trade exams.
Classes are open to Greater Lawrence Technical School graduates and area apprentices.
“We highly encourage our alumni and apprentices in the area to sign up. Space is limited,” Superintendent Lavoie said. “These classes are a great way to develop the knowledge necessary for proficiency in these trades, and for students to grow and advance in their careers.”
The Greater Lawrence Technical Institute electrical program will offer 600 hours of theory. The program consists of four courses, each with two semesters (fall and winter) of 75 hours. Classwork is based on the National Electrical Code and Massachusetts Electrical Code. Successful graduates will leave prepared to take the journeyman electrician exam administered by the Massachusetts Electricians Board.
The plumbing program will offer 550 hours of theory. The program consists of five courses, each with two semesters of 55 hours. Under Massachusetts law, students must hold a current Massachusetts Apprentice Plumber’s license to apply course hours toward their educational requirements. Successful graduates will leave prepared to take the Massachusetts Journeyman Plumbers exam.
Courses must be taken in sequence. Students must show proof of completing the previous class level.
Classes will be taught by Greater Lawrence Technical School teachers, who have many years of experience in their fields.
Classes will meet at the School. Classes are held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Courses will begin in early September, and end in the spring.
Cost is $1,100 for the year for each level of electrical training, $900 for the year for each tier of plumbing training. Registration is online only. Payment should be made at time of registration.
Offering professional level apprenticeship training aligns with the Baker-Polito Administration’s Career Technical Initiative that calls for technical schools to increase job training for students and adults, preparing them for careers in high-demand and high-growth sectors.
CTI emphasizes pathways for people from underserved populations and underrepresented groups. These grants will transform vocational high schools into Career Technical Institutes, which remain open through the evening to expand enrollment of high school students and adults.
From 9,000 to 13,000 additional adult learners statewide are expected to earn industry credentials, opening opportunities for them to obtain jobs in high-demand skilled industries.