3rd Year Electrical Apprentice
Cody Burruss was nominated for two Reward and Recognition awards this month for his hard work at Wilson Hall with the electrical group and for the successful installation of a temporary ATS set in Pinn Hall.
Jalisa Stinnie is a Buckingham native and has lived in Charlottesville for almost 10 years. Prior to being accepted to the UVA FM Apprenticeship Program, she worked as a custodian at Charlottesville City Schools, as well as at the Doubletree Hotel. Jalisa began working both jobs immediately after high school rather than continue her education because her household needed the income; and she couldn’t take on the added burden of the cost of college. Jalisa says she does not regret helping with her family’s needs, despite her dreams of continuing her education. According to Jalisa, when she found out about the Apprenticeship Program, it seemed almost too good to be true. It only became more real to her as she began the application and interviewing processes to become an Electrician Apprentice.
“With no prior experience, this program gave me an opportunity that I wouldn't have gotten anywhere else. The staff of UVA saw something in me that allowed me to be able do something I never thought I would do, be someone I never thought I'd be, and learn something that not everyone has the opportunity to. For that I'll be forever grateful to UVA Facilities Management and all those who saw fit for me to be a part of this.”
James Simmons is from Amherst County, Virginia and is the father to three wonderful boys. James has been in the construction field since he was 16, starting as a laborer for a drywall company and earning his way to a foreman position at age 18. Through his 10 years in the field, he has seen nearly every trade at work. He was particularly interested in the work being done by HVAC technicians, but was unable to pursue the training due to the cost of classes. He is grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of the UVA HVAC Apprenticeship Program.
“I’m finally in a career that I can be able to provide my boys with the things they need in life and to further my knowledge of skills I’ve wanted for a long time. I’m proud to say in four years I will have the knowledge to be successful wherever life may take me.”
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Established in 1982, UVA Facilities Management Apprenticeship Program offers highly motivated applicants an opportunity to learn a skilled trade through a combination of on-the-job training, technical education and classroom instruction in a four-year program.
The University’s apprenticeship program was the first of its kind to be established by a state agency in Virginia and has been a model for other programs. In addition to the success and longevity of the program, Facilities Management is proud that the majority of graduated apprentices make a career at the University.
Each year, approximately seven to thirteen new apprentices are brought into the program depending on business needs. Some of the trades represented in our program include: plumbing, electrical, carpentry, masonry, plastering and HVAC.
Each apprentice is a full-time University employee with salary and benefits. Apprentices train on the job with licensed journeymen, mentors, supervisors and others who help ensure the highest quality facilities management for the University and the Health System.
Applicants must be able to meet the physical requirements for their prospective trades. They must be a high school graduate or hold a General Educational Development (GED) certificate and be at least 18 years of age by the time new apprentices begin work.
Advertisement and recruitment for the apprenticeship program is conducted annually in February and March. Interviews are conducted in the spring, and new apprentices begin onboarding in July, with classroom instruction beginning shortly thereafter.