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Locklin Technical College in Milton is adding an electrician apprenticeship program to accompany its HVAC and plumbing apprenticeship programs, thanks to a recent state grant.

The technical college will launch its new electrician apprenticeship program Jan. 20 after receiving $112,746 through the Florida Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant Program. The funding will go to technology, equipment, curriculum and an apprenticeship coordinator.

“(The coordinator) is one of the key components for us to the expansion that we’ve seen, because you’ve got to have what we call boots-on-the-ground to go out and recruit those participating employers to actively get those apprentices registered,” said Locklin Technical College Principal Maria LaDouceur. “They are the liaison between the college and the state apprenticeship board, in terms of writing the standards and making sure that those apprentices are meeting the requirements of the standards of apprenticeship. And so that takes a lot of legwork.”

Assistant Principal Keith Hines gives a tour of a classroom at Locklin Technical College in Milton on Monday.

The school also recently received a $25,508 Apprenticeship State Expansion Grant to support its existing heating and air conditioning installer/servicer and plumbing apprenticeship programs. Both grants were among $11 million in funding that Gov. Ron DeSantis awarded statewide through a partnership with the Florida Department of Education and Career Source Florida.

Locklin’s apprenticeship programs are available to anyone who is 18 or older and has a high school diploma. The programs are available to both people working in specific trades and those who want to break into that industry, offering an opportunity to work in the field and also attend weekly instruction at the school.

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