San Jacinto College dual credit students have a unique career training opportunity with TRIO Electric.
The TRIO Electric Pre-Apprenticeship Program began at the College in fall 2019 with an inaugural cohort of 16 dual credit high school students that has now grown to 26 in the fall 2020 semester.
Students enrolled in the program are also registered with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation as electrician apprentices and earn trade hours while taking their electrical technology courses and working summer internships at TRIO Electric. Upon completing the program, students graduate with their high school diploma, an occupational certificate in electrical technology, and are eligible to be hired by TRIO Electric.
Students can get a job when they graduate high school
“This a great opportunity for students in the program because it gives them an opportunity to get into the electrical workforce when they finish high school.”
“This a great opportunity for students in the program because it gives them an opportunity to get into the electrical workforce when they finish high school,” said Arturo Zuniga, San Jacinto College electrical technology instructor. “Students have said that they are happy to be in a program that will help them get into a good-paying career. Some also want to pursue an electrical engineering degree.”
Zuniga adds that the most beneficial thing the program offers is an opportunity to show students how coursework is directly applied on the job site.
“The program is intellectually and physically demanding but rewarding. Students learn how to use tools, install electrical wiring in commercial spaces, go on TRIO job site tours, and more. They love coming to class because they know what they are learning in class will be used in the workforce.”