Photo: Eileen EscardaAnthony 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.
The apprentice track
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.
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