Benjamin came to the Core Construction Apprenticeship six-week training program at CCBC in search of a career boost. After suffering a layoff as a machine tool operator, he was searching for a way to find job security and thought enrolling at CCBC could help launch him into a new career.
That’s exactly what Benjamin found at CCBC. In 2010, he completed CCBC’s Core Construction Pre-Apprenticeship training and earned his OSHA 10 certification. He is now in year two of a four-year electrical apprenticeship to earn his journeyman status.
The education and training that Benjamin has received thus far is putting him on a good career path. He credits his instructors with connecting him with people who could help grow his career. He also likes that CCBC provides the type of training that helps him not just learn his trade, but also understand the field.
“When you get a good foundation, it is easy to build upon it,” said Benjamin. “You never get complacent and are always learning something new, every day. The training I’m receiving at CCBC has opened doors for me. It is preparing me for the field and the industry.”
Benjamin now works for E.T. Pigatt Enterprises LLC, a commercial and electrical company, as a second-year apprentice. He hopes to complete his apprenticeship and become a journeyman electrician within a few years. But his desire for learning will never cease. He says he wants to continue to be cutting-edge and keep tempo with the “electrical evolution,” learning all he can about all forms of energy – electrical, solar, coal and more.
Kofi Osei is a young man who knows how to seize opportunities. While in high school, he set out on a career path in technology and used a unique articulation agreement between CCBC and the public schools to accumulate up to 12 college credits. He earned nine more credits when he signed up for CCBC’s Parallel Enrollment Program in his senior year. Not many high school students enter college with 20 credits already under their belts.
Although a good student, Kofi didn’t feel he was “college-ready.” He felt his participation in the Parallel Enrollment Program made a huge difference in preparing him for college and it undoubtedly made CCBC his first choice. Like many young people, Kofi was concerned about the cost of a college education. But the credits he accumulated while in high school and his good fortune to acquire a scholarship made all the difference.
“I knew college was expensive, and I didn’t want to deal with that,” said Kofi. “By being an Information Technology major and having good grades, I was able to get a STEM scholarship. Now I don’t have to pay out-of-pocket for my education.” Kofi is on schedule to graduate from CCBC a semester early because of the smart decisions he made early on. And he has already been awarded the Wilson Presidential Scholarship which covers 100% of in-state tuition at the University of Baltimore for transfer students. Better yet, Kofi never ceases to praise CCBC for giving him the guidance and the opportunities he needed.
“I think everybody should be going to CCBC,” said Kofi. “It’s the perfect step in between high school and a four-year school. It’s the step that a lot of people need.”