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Workforce Development

IEC Chesapeake/IECC offers career circuits in the electrical industry. Electrical professionals combine hands-on technology, mathematics, and problem-solving skills. For 35 years we have been training electrical apprentices, telecom technician apprentices, and programs for Workforce Development.

Energizing the future

Workforce development that makes a difference. IEC Chesapeake’s workforce development programs are designed to promote the electrical, low voltage and renewable energy profession to individuals seeking to enter the industry. We make this education accessible by establishing relationships with high schools, trade schools, community colleges, work source centers, employment agencies and other for-profit and non-profit institutions.

State Career & Technology Centers

Youth-focused outreach. IEC Chesapeake is founded on a commitment to providing outstanding education and training services to the electrical, low voltage, and renewable energy industries. As such, we understand the importance of outreach to expose the option of apprenticeship to students who don’t want to or can’t attend college. IEC Chesapeake staff and volunteers make frequent visits to local career and technology centers throughout the school year. When possible, we also bring classes from these career and technology center to our facilities for hands on experience in the motor control and/or solar lab. It’s a great way to deepen the students’ interest in the electrical, low voltage, and renewable energy fields.

To join IEC Chesapeake in visiting these local career and technology centers, please contact us at (301) 621-9545.

Job Corps: Success that lasts a lifetime

Connecting people with skills and education. The U.S. Department of Labor administers Job Corps, a free education and vocational training program that helps young people between the ages of 16 and 24 improve the quality of their lives through vocational and academic training. Its mission is to teach young people the skills they need to become employable and independent. IEC Chesapeake works cooperatively with Job Corps and in partnership with Anne Arundel Community College to help young people in the Mid-Atlantic region get started on their careers as independent electrical, low voltage and renewable energy contractors. In conjunction with Woodland Job Corps, we hold Pre-Apprenticeship classes at our location. This is another way to train individuals, preparing them for employment work in the construction environment as entry-level apprentices.

To register for one of our vocational training classes, contact us at (301) 621-9545.


An alternative education that works. Many at-risk young people between the ages of 16 to 24 need to learn a construction trade while working towards completing their GEDs or high school diplomas. YouthBuild, a national network funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, started in 1978 and currently offers nearly 300 programs in 46 states, Washington, D.C. and the Virgin Islands. YouthBuild takes a comprehensive approach to the training and education of students, providing schooling in small classroom environments on alternating weekends. This gives students an excellent opportunity to receive one-on-one attention for their educational needs. In addition to earning their high school diploma or GED, students receive construction skills training from qualified instructors. They apply these newly-developed talents as they build housing for homeless and low-income families. As a result, they develop a sense of civic responsibility and leadership. IEC Chesapeake proudly assists YouthBuild by working with these civic- and career-minded students through the pre-apprenticeship phase.

For more information about IEC Chesapeake’s involvement with YouthBuild program, please call us at (301) 621-9545.

Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

Take the first step toward a rewarding career. By participating in our pre-apprenticeship programs, students discover what it takes to become an electrician or low voltage technician. These programs provide training on basic skills and improve upon skills students may already have in preparation for an apprenticeship program and working in the industry.

Get connected and get ahead. IEC Chesapeake’s Pre-Apprenticeship programs are fully operational in Maryland and Pennsylvania. We partner with the Department of Corrections, women and minorities, Job Corps and veterans, where applicable. We also work with local high schools and career and technical centers to sponsor field trips to our training facilities where we conduct hands-on Motor Control and Solar exercises, as well as classroom computer-enhanced training. Our close relationship with local community colleges affords us the ability to visit their Basic Electricity and Green Technology classes for recruiting purposes and apprenticeship opportunities. IEC Chesapeake has also established relationships with organizations that represent targeted labor markets, such as women and veterans, to help our members meet their contractual needs and assist residents of the community with enhancing their employability.

To register for one of our pre-apprenticeship programs, please contact us at (301) 621-9545.