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The Texas Gulf Coast Pre-Apprenticeship Readiness Program is a 180-hour program consisting of un-paid classroom and lab instruction at the Del Mar West campus, Monday and Wednesday nights, from 6:30-9:30 9 Saturdays from 8 am-5 pm.  The first class will start on January 24, 2022, and end June 2022. 

Superior Training

Our pre-apprentices will undergo intense math, reading comprehension, and soft-skills training in anticipation of entering a position with our participating electrical contractors in the community and receiving the earn- while you learn on-the-job training and debt-free schooling to become a Journeyman electrician

Certifications, Lab Work and Hands-on Training
With the assistance of our experienced electrical instructors, students segue way from the classroom to lab activities, designed to incorporate the theory of the classroom training into real-life examples, cementing the pre-apprentices knowledge and learning efforts. Students will also earn a lift certification, OSHA 30, and CPR and First Aid certifications. 

Enabling Success
Upon completing the 180-hour Pre-Apprenticeship, each student receives a certificate from the Electrical Training Alliance, Del Mar College, and the Department of Labor. Students also receive a $400.00 tool kit, an automatic offer for direct entry into our Apprenticeship Program, and a tuition voucher for discounted tuition on your 1st year in the Texas Gulf Coast Electrical training Alliance Apprenticeship Program.  All students will also be evaluated by WIOA (Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act) to receive tuition at no cost when transitioning to our Appprenticeshi program. 

Who's a good fit?

  • Have little or no experience in the construction trade

  • Seniors in High School

  • Experience barriers to employment

  • Need to improve their math skills

  • Minorities, women, youth, and veterans

  • Need assistance obtaining supplies or equipment

  • Need help meeting minimum qualifications for our registered apprenticeship- The Texas Gulf Coast Electrical Training Alliance Apprenticeship Program (your next career opportunity following the pre-apprenticeship readiness program).

Program Requirements

  • Valid driver's license

  • Social Security Cars

  • Birth Certificate

  • 17 years of age or older, but must be 18 years of age or older by September 1, 2022

Pre-Apprentices will receive:

  • School books, and tools, which they receive ownership of upon successful completion of the program

  • Access to the online curriculum

  • Pre-apprentices who successfully complete all classwork, demonstrate a good attitude, attendance, and aptitude for the trade, and receive favorable reports for their lab training will get direct entry into the Texas Gulf Coast Electrical Training Alliance Apprenticeship program.

  • OSHA 30 Certification- Lifelong certification

  • CPR/First Aid Certification- 2-year certification

  • Lift Training Certification- 3-year certification in JLG  and basket lifts

  • Financial Literacy course- to help prepare individuals for financial success


The curriculum includes 180 hours of classroom and lab instruction, including math review; commercial, residential, and limited energy wiring; conduit bending; certifications in OSHA 30, CPR/AED; First Aid, and lift training.


During the course, the participant will be able to demonstrate:

  • Adherence to the attendance policy

  • Work ethic in the classroom, labs, and on the job.

  • Ability to follow safety protocols

  • Ability to navigate and use the online coursework

  • Completion of homework assignments on time

  • Appropriate attire for classroom and the job-site

Participants will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Math and reading skills

  • Identification of tools and materials

  • Ability to work with tools safely and efficiently

  • Ability to read and draw electrical circuits

  • Wiring of electrical circuits according to drawings

  • Hand fabrication of electrical conduit runs

  • Installing & terminating low-voltage cabling

 *** Job opportunities may be available to all pre-apprenticeship participants that are 18 and older and can work full-time hours, when a position becomes available.  Employment is not guaranteed.  ***

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