MCEF Honors 22 Graduates of Apprenticeship Programs
Trade professionals complete four-year program to achieve journeyman status
RIDGELAND ― Twenty-two graduates of the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation’s apprenticeship program were honored for achieving the designation of journeyman status ― the highest level in a trade profession ― during recent graduation ceremonies.
MCEF’s apprenticeship program is approved by the Department of Labor and prepares journeymen in eight trades: carpentry, electrical, HVAC, pipefitting, plumbing, sheet metal, welding and interior finish. Students must work for an approved employer to be accepted into the four-year program, which includes a total of 576 hours of classroom instruction and 8,000 on-the-job training hours. Students work during the day and take classes at night.
“Graduates of the apprenticeship program are some of the most dedicated and hardest-working individuals I’ve ever met,” said Mike Barkett, MCEF president. “Their employers also deserve credit for placing a high value on professional development and supporting employees who want to advance in their trades. Their participation helps ensure that Mississippi has a highly skilled workforce to support the state’s growing construction and manufacturing industries.”
In addition to increased job skills and pay, graduates can take apprentice certificates to a community college and earn up to 32 academic credit hours toward an associate degree.
Graduates were honored at two ceremonies ― in Gulfport and Pearl. MCEF also presented outstanding student awards to graduates with the highest GPAs and perfect attendance awards.
Achieving the designation of journeyman status were:
- Joshua Anderson of Long Beach, plumbing, outstanding student and perfect attendance awards; employed by JEM Mechanical
- Xzavion Brown of Jackson, electrical, perfect attendance award; employed by Total Electric
- Bryan Byrd of Biloxi, plumbing; employed by Broussard Mechanical
- Justin Chapman of Pelahatchie, electrical; employed by Electro-Mech
- Joshua Cook of Pearl, plumbing, outstanding student and perfect attendance awards; employed by Upchurch Plumbing
- Matthew Cowan of Gautier, electrical, outstanding student award; employed by Edwards Electric Service
- Leonard Edwards of Long Beach, electrical; employed by Bruce’s Electric
- Michael Goodman of Pelahatchie, electrical; employed by Adco Electric
- Ben Graves of Madison, plumbing; employed by Upchurch Plumbing
- Chad Isom of Union, electrical, outstanding student and perfect attendance awards; employed by Edwards Electric Service
- Michael Jennings of Florence, HVAC; employed by Buford Plumbing
- Adam Ketchum of Pearl, HVAC, outstanding student award; employed by Climate Masters
- Donald Leggett of Vancleave, electrical; employed by Moses Electric
- Devin McIntosh of Florence, electrical; employed by Elcon Electrical
- Robert Miles of Pearl, electrical; employed by Southern Electric Corp.
- Chas Alexander Motsinger of Florence, electrical; employed by Synergy Electric
- Justin Price of Pearl, electrical, outstanding student award; employed by Midsouth Elevator
- Luie Price of Utica, electrical; employed by Adco Electric
- Kenneth Smith of Pearl, electrical, perfect attendance award; employed by Adco Electric
- Chase Starnes of Terry, HVAC; employed by Buford Plumbing
- Jonathan Blake Walls of Brandon, electrical, perfect attendance award; employed by Synergy Electric
- Trent Whitehead of Louisville, electrical; employed by Edwards Electric Service
The mission of the non-profit MCEF is to promote careers, recruit capable individuals and train a quality workforce for the construction industry in the state of Mississippi. MCEF also offers workforce training and credentialing in construction, industrial maintenance and manufacturing trades. Learn more about MCEF at http://mcef.net.