Entering the Navy Following a Different Kind of Boot Camp

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CSM Trades Students Land Paid Apprenticeship Jobs

            For six College of Southern Maryland students who completed one of the college’s non-credit programs for the trades, it is smooth sailing into an apprenticeship program with the Navy.

            “CSM has been working on developing a formal apprenticeship program for the Naval Facilities Command (NAVFAC) over the last two years,” said CSM Executive Director of Workforce Development Susan Ross. “The program has been approved by the Maryland Apprenticeship Council and we are ready to provide a steady stream of qualified students who have completed HVAC, electrical, carpentry, welding and, soon, plumbing programs.”

            The partnership is already showing results as NAVFAC has interviewed CSM boot camp completers and has selected 10 to become paid apprentices, said Ross. “They will work for NAVFAC as they move through the apprenticeship program toward becoming journeymen,” said Ross, adding that NAVFAC will cover all training expenses.

            “Recruitment was great,” said NAVFAC Washington Apprentice Coordinator Katy Rittle. “The candidates from CSM were very motivated and interested in our program.”

            Since beginning the trades boot camps as part of the college’s Career Starters program, 69 electrical, 97 HVAC and 69 welding students have received certificates of completion. The program includes carpentry and began offering a plumbing boot camp in November.

            “Partnering with unions and organizations that are seeking qualified workers has helped our students move to the front of the hiring line,” said Ross. “CSM has added OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and first-aid training courses as requirements to certification, taking that responsibility off the shoulders of union employers and making our students more competitive job applicants.”

            Currently, CSM has partnerships with the Washington, D.C. Building Trades Council, the Mid-Atlantic Carpenter’s Training Centers, Triton Metals, and Duncan and Shapiro.

            A Career Starters Open House for the trades will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 19 at CSM’s Center for Trades and Energy Training in Waldorf.

For information on trades programs, visit www.csmd.edu/WorkforceDevelopment/Construction/



CSM Career Starters Open House at Center for Trades and Energy Training.  4 to 6 p.m., Jan. 19, CSM Center for Trades and Energy Training, 17 Irongate Drive, Waldorf. The College of Southern Maryland is hosting a Career Starters program open house to introduce its slate of non-credit training courses for people who want to kick start a new career in the trades in 10 to 16 weeks. Career Starter programs offer training and classes in short sequences for students to gain skills quickly to enter the workforce. During the open house, prospective students can meet with a program coordinator and instructors from electrical, HVAC, welding, carpentry and plumbing courses, learn about financial assistance options and register for classes. Open house guests can enter a drawing for an instant scholarship for the Spring 2012 semester. 301-934-7765 or www.csmd.edu/CareerStarters.