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Bethany woman trains as electrician

Erica McElyea is the only woman in the program at Canadian Valley Technology Center.
BY BILL KRAMER Published: February 16, 2013

McElyea has mapped out her career course.

She expects to complete her training within a few months.

The next step is working as an electrician's apprentice. Before electricians are allowed to work without supervision, they must serve an apprenticeship.

Graduates of Canadian Valley's Electrical Trades training qualify for a full year of apprenticeship training. They need only work two and a half to three years in the field before being eligible to sit for the journeyman's licensure exam.

“I'm excited,” McElyea said. “It is a trade that will never go out of demand. You're always going to need electricity.

“I would like to do new construction in residential housing when I finish. Eventually, I want to own my own business.”

Bill Kramer is communications and marketing coordinator for Canadian Valley Technology Center.