Alicia Snow always knew she’d follow in her father’s footsteps. As the youngest of five children, Alicia remembered how dad could fix just about anything. She, likewise, admired his dedication and pride he showed for his maintenance job.
That pride inspired Alicia to pursue a career as an electrician. Part of that pursuit includes the invaluable experience of an apprenticeship, which offers the perfect combination of on-site training and classroom learning.
Jeff DeSocia, CNYJATC Training Director, points to the importance of apprenticeships in light of record numbers of skilled trade workers retiring. Traditional college, he said, isn’t the road for everyone and helping young people become aware of their options in the trade industry is imperative to the future of our community.
Alicia, 19, is thankful she became aware of the apprenticeship program at a BOCES career fair four years ago. She currently is completing the second year of a five-year apprenticeship with the Central New York Joint Area Training Center (CNYJATC) sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 43 and the Finger Lakes National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). Alicia believes the apprenticeship will give her the tools to succeed beyond what she would have in just a classroom setting. She, likewise, appreciates the ability to learn while she earns an hourly wage, insurance and fringe benefits.
Thanks to the apprenticeship, Alicia sees a bright future ahead of her.