The Washington DC Infrastructure Academy, a training program announced by Mayor Muriel Bowser, endorsed by local area utilities such as DC Water, PEPCO, and Washington Gas (all NUCA of DC Members!), is starting several new classes that have the potential to benefit DC area Utility Contractors.
A CDL Drivers class is beginning January 22 with 20 registered students. The last class had a 90% graduation rate, with 10/20 students obtaining their CDL license, so the pool of trained CDL drivers is growing! NUCA of DC representatives are in discussions with DCIA representatives to develop ways to help these graduates get the crucial on-the-job experience that is needed for our members to be able to hire these drivers.
Similarly, TWO auto mechanics courses will be taking place this training period, with one having already started and one starting on January 28.
A PEPCO-endorsed electrical worker course will be starting on February 4, and lasting 22 weeks. The graduates of this course will be trained in both underground and overhead electrical work.
Future courses under development include water and gas pipefitting.