Atlantic City electric joined four South Jersey workforce development boards and three Vocational schools to officially launch a six-year $6.5 million program to educate the workforce needed to fill future energy jobs across New Jersey.

MAYS LANDING — Atlantic County Institute of Technology and Atlantic City Electric launched a $6.5 million program that will educate and expand training programs for the electrical workforce.

“This learning will be expanded more toward the utilities. We currently do a lot of residential wiring and conduit bending for commercial, but this will broaden their understanding of the linemen work.” said Susan Hetzel, electrical instructor of ACIT.

The workforce development program is intended to educate future electricians who help keep the state’s energy grid running, drive innovation in the industry and advance other clean energy technologies.

This six-year program is being implemented at ACIT, Cape May Vocational School, Cumberland County TEC and each of the workforce development boards across the Atlantic City Electric service area.

The program is free and available to the high school students at the specified counties, as well as anyone 21 and under at any of the work force development boards. The classes are set to start in January.

“This program will benefit employers, the economy and help the residents build a career ladder,” said Rhonda Lowery, executive director of the Atlantic County Workforce Development Board.

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