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August 16, 2017
The apprentice track

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Anthony Pierce earned a college basketball scholarship but returned home before earning his degree. He is now in the final year of a four-year program to become an electrician. "I can pay my bills. I'm good," he says.

Workforce 2017

The apprentice track

Mike Vogel | 7/26/2017

Anthony Pierce played basketball well enough at Coconut Creek High School in Broward County to earn a scholarship to West Virginia State University. Beyond dreaming of turning pro, he had no real plan. An injury and wanting to help his mother led him back to Florida — without a degree. He had spent his youth at the Boys & Girls Club and took a job there as a $9-an-hour counselor.

One day, ABC Institute, the education arm of a trade association, the Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter, came to pitch kids to consider its apprenticeship program. “I was, ‘Hey, I know I’m a little older but is it possible I could take advantage of this?’ ”

Pierce, 27, is now in his final year of a four-year electrician apprentice program, studying at ABC Institute and working for RAC Electric in Broward as he moves toward becoming a licensed journeyman.

Also in this article: Power Design; Josue Rene; Robert Crawford; Michelle Dennard; JARC Florida.

 

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