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End Hunger Receives $15,000 Grant

July 10, 2013

Bank of America Funds will support 2013 Electrical Training Program.
End Hunger In Calvert County received a $15,000 grant from The Bank of America Charitable Foundation Inc.
Last summer, in partnership with the JATC IBEW Local 26 Electricians Union and Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Council, End Hunger In Calvert County launched their Electrical Training Job-Training Program to get Calvert County residents back to work. This grant money is designated to fund the programs second year.
“The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is dedicated to providing opportunity for all in its commitment to our communities,” says Jeannan Peterson, Senior Vice President of Market Development of Greater Washington. “Providing support to organizations like End Hunger In Calvert County, which provides opportunity and improves the quality of life in our communities, is key to our strategy to build capacities that truly make a difference.”
Over 80 applicants attended the first information session (which was mandatory for admission) on Monday July 8 at Chesapeake Church. Of those eighty, thirty will be admitted and classes begin in September. Last year, the program graduated 24 individuals.
“Because of The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, we will be able to provide the Electrical Training Program completely free to our students, including tuition and tools,” says Rev. Robert P. Hahn chairman of End Hunger In Calvert County. “Our mission at End Hunger is to help move people from dependency to self-sufficiency. Because of the Electrical Training Program, individuals who were once not able to provide for their families now can. Real life change, that’s what it’s about for us.”
The fifteen-week course is a combination of classroom lectures, taught by certified instructors at the Calvert Career Center, as well as hands on practicums. Students receive 90 hours of training experience and became certified in OSHA, CPR, and basic first aid.
Graduates join the residential program through the Electrician Union and are qualified for above entry-level positions with electrical companies. Many begin pursuing a career with the Electrician Union’s apprenticeship program.
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