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Baltimore City, MD – Stand for Youth, a 501(c)(3) non-profit youth services organization, has secured funding from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) to implement two Pre-Apprenticeship Programs in Baltimore City. The program will be implemented in partnership with Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Chesapeake, Inc. under its new brand, the Global Resource for Academic and Career Excellence (GRACE). Stand for Youth, in partnership with IEC Chesapeake, Inc., will implement an Electrical and Telecommunications Technician Pre-Apprenticeship Program. IEC Chesapeake, Inc. and Stand for Youth expect the Pre-Apprenticeship program to empower Baltimore City residents to successfully apply and secure earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship career opportunities by providing the academic enrichment, career services, workforce development programs and wrap-around services needed. This team effort will allow Baltimore City residents to pursue careers as Electricians or Telecommunications Technicians.

To get the program off the ground, Stand for Youth was recently awarded a $42,380.00 Innovation Grant from DLLR to significantly improve the enrollment of underemployed and/or unemployed residents, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other targeted populations in obtaining earn-while-you-learn career opportunities. More information is expected to be released following a planning session on May 24, 2017, and a Meet and Greet will also be held to educate and inform industry participants about the program in June.

About IEC Chesapeake, Inc.
IEC Chesapeake is the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC), Inc., the industry’s premier national trade association. Founded in 1957 as the Associated Independent Electrical Contractors of America, IEC is a trade association of approximately 3,700 member companies, 90,000 electrical workers, over 10,000 apprentices, in nearly 54 chapters throughout the U.S. Its mission is to develop and foster a stronger economy through the level of quality and services its members provide to the industry. IEC’s intensive four-year Electrical Apprenticeship and three-year Telecommunications Technician Apprenticeship programs are designed to provide apprentices selecting either area of study with the necessary theory and practical training to earn the status of Electrician or Telecommunications Technician. To find out more about IEC Chesapeake, Inc., please visit https://www.iecchesapeake.com.

About GRACE
GRACE provides adult literacy, evidenced-based life skills training and workforce development programs with wrap-around services to empower program participants with the skill sets needed to jumpstart their careers. Funded primarily by grants. GRACE partners with a variety of federal, state and local agencies, colleges and universities, grass roots community organizations, and like-minded entities. GRACE’s goal is to increase employment rates by addressing a variety of entrance barriers that restrict participants from meeting employment entrance requirements. If you require additional information, please email info@succeed-at-grace.org.

Contact
To learn more about this program, please contact:
Jenny Boone, IEC Chesapeake Business Development
8751 Freestate Drive • Suite 250 • Laurel, MD 20723
Office: (443)562-4911
Email: JBoone@IEC-Chesapeake.com