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Jun. 5, 2023

Source: MS Construction Education Foundation

PEARL ― Thirty-three graduates of the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation's apprenticeship program were honored recently for completing training requirements that move them one step closer to becoming journeymen—the highest level in a trade profession.
MCEF's apprenticeship program is approved by the Department of Labor and prepares craft professionals in four trades: electrical, HVAC, plumbing and sheet metal. Students work during the day and take classes at night.
"Construction companies throughout the country, as well as here in Mississippi, are gearing up to hire more workers ― if only they can find them," said Brent Bean, president of MCEF. "This shortage of skilled labor is having a negative impact on the construction industry and causing the loss of millions of jobs each year. MCEF is working to address this crisis by encouraging interest in technical-based careers and providing training, resources and recognition to help build a ready workforce for Mississippi."
In addition to increased job skills and pay, graduates can take apprentice certificates to a community college and earn up to 32 academic credit hours toward an associate degree.
Graduates were honored recently during graduation and awards festivities hosted by MCEF.  Also recognized were students with perfect attendance along with outstanding students rewarded for their positive attitudes, high GPAs and class involvement.
Graduating from MCEF’s apprenticeship program are:
·       Romero Aldridge of Braxton, employed by Sutherland Electric
·       Antone Badon of Biloxi, employed by Moses Electric-Gulfport
·       Jason Bates of Richland, employed by Synergy Electric
·       Erik Braa of Ocean Springs, employed by DNP
·       Bailey Burge of Pearl, employed by ADCO Electric
·       Wayne Chisolm of Brandon, employed by Jim Cowden Electric
·       Peter Clark of Jackson, independent contractor
·       Joseph Combs of Pearl, employed by J.L. Roberts
·       Sam Cranston of Brandon, employed by KCB Builders
·       Parker Crosswhite of Canton, employed by Synergy Electric
·       Patrick Dinger of Richland, employed by Springfield Heating & Air
·       Matthew Evans of Terry, employed by Synergy Electric
·       Cody Gray of Mount Olive, employed by J.L. Roberts
·       Reid Greene of Gulfport, employed by Moses Electric-Gulfport
·       Jesse Haley of Pearl, employed by Metro Mechanical
·       Dillon Hannah of Brandon, independent contractor
·       Tailan Johnson of Jackson, independent contractor
·       Eligha Keaton of Brooksville, Upchurch Plumbing
·       James Ladner of McHenry, employed by Gulfship
·       Brandon Lambert of Pearl, employed by Climate Mastrers
·       Hunter Mason of Pelahatchie, employed by Synergy Electric
·       Dionkili Lee of Richland, employed by Moses Electric-Jackson
·       Jacob Lewis of Madison, employed by Synergy Electric
·       Brady Moran of Saucier, employed by Duprey Electric
·       Noah Norman of Brandon, employed by ADCO Electric
·       Cody Raymond of Biloxi, employed by S&C Electric
·       Bradley Robertson of Saucier, employed by AllSouth Electric
·       Chad Russell of Pelahatchie, employed by H&H Electric
·       Mark Santa Cruz of Ocean Springs, employed by DNP
·       Thomas Savell of Brandon, independent contractor
·       Connor Shaw of Madison, employed by Synergy Electric
·       Andrew Upchurch of Greenwood, employed by Upchurch Plumbing
·       Michael White of Pass Christian, employed by Moses Electric-Gulfport
MCEF is a non-profit educational foundation that provides NCCER and Mike Holt curriculum for craft training and credentialing in more than 100 career and technical programs across the state. The foundation’s mission is to train individuals for the construction and manufacturing industries in Mississippi.
MCEF also offers workforce training and credentialing in construction, industrial maintenance and manufacturing trades. Learn more about MCEF at http://mcef.net.


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