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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.

Atlantic County is looking for residents interested in a career change or a potential new career to participate in a free education and training program for energy jobs.

The information and recruitment sessions, which start Thursday in Atlantic City, are part of the Atlantic County Workforce Development Board’s partnership with Atlantic City Electric for the company’s six-year, $6.5 million jobs training program.

The first intro session will be held Thursday at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Worthington Campus at 1525 Bacharach Boulevard from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 103. Applications for the program will be available on site.

The program is open to adults who will undergo education and training in 10 weeks starting in early 2019 for positions in the energy field.

“This initiative complements Atlantic County’s efforts to diversify our economy and train our workforce for innovation and technology jobs,” County Executive Dennis Levinson said in a statement.

Classes for the energy jobs program will include energy math boot camp to teach applied math skills and energy-industry specific concepts; a 40-hour class to prepare women for nontraditional, in-demand jobs in the construction, gas, water, electric and energy industries; and a four-week hands-on class for people interested in becoming energy line workers.

Other information and recruitment sessions will take place at the Worthington Campus on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m.; Dec. 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. and Dec. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Atlantic City Electric has also partnered with the Atlantic County Institute of Technology to educate and train young adults to work in the electrical field in a separate program.

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

Contact: 609-272-7022 NLeonard@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressNLeonard

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Previously interned and reported for Boston.com, The Asbury Park Press, The Boston Globe

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