Page 12 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • April 22, 2009 SCHOOLS & CAMPS HoHoKus School of Trade to offer apprenticeships For those interested in working as an electrician or plumber, a good apprenticeship program can be the key to a great job in the field. To find one, look no farther than HoHoKus School of Trade in Paterson. “For the first time in New Jersey history, a proprietary institution, HoHoKus School of Trade, will offer electrical and plumbing apprenticeship opportunities to their graduates,” said Thomas M. Eastwick, president of Eastwick Education, which owns and operates the school. Eastwick said the trade school, located on Market Street, recently received approval from two of the most prestigious organizations in the state: the NJ Independent Electrical Contractors Association, and the NJ Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors. “I am thrilled to be associated with both prominent organizations; this will mean nothing but the best opportunities for our students,” said Eastwick. According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook, “Job opportunities are expected to be excellent, as demand for skilled plumbers and electricians is expected to outpace the supply of workers trained in this craft. Many employers report difficulty finding potential workers with the right qualifications. In addition, many people currently working in these trades are expected to retire over the next 10 years.” Joseph Esposito, state training coordinator of the NJIECA, said the apprenticeship program is a win-win for job seekers and employers alike. “This affiliation will truly benefit our organization by providing well-trained employees and offer an advantage to the graduates by providing an inside-track to a good career,” said Esposito. “There will always be a demand for skilled electricians and plumbers,” said Alan Concha, the school’s vice president and director. Students in the electrical apprenticeship program are technology program at the HoHoKus School of Trades prepares students for a career in both residential and light commercial settings. Students are trained to install, repair and troubleshoot equipment. Classroom instruction includes blueprint reading, joining and soldering, and safety and building code procedures. Upon completion, students earn the equivalent of one year of on-the-job apprenticeship experience and are prepared to accept positions as an apprentice plumber or plumber’s assistant. According to the nonprofit agency, Jobs for the Future, most building-related industries are having trouble finding reliable workers with the skills they require. More than 20,000 job openings with opportunities for advancement are expected each year. Asked who makes a good plumber, Ralph Wetzel, first vice president of the NJPHCC, said, “Someone who enjoys working with their hands, is able to conceptualize the flow of liquids, as well as read and follow required codes. “HoHoKus graduates of the plumbing apprenticeship program will always be in demand,” Wetzel added. Owned and operated by Eastwick Education, Eastwick College and the HoHoKus Schools are among the leading career colleges in the tri-state area. In addition to HoHoKus School of Trade in Paterson, Eastwick Education owns Eastwick College in Ramsey, HoHoKus-RETS in Nutley, HoHoKus Hackensack, and HoHoKus at Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus. “HoHoKus School of Trade and Technical Sciences offers programs that are on the edge of technology, providing our graduates with skills for the modern job market,” said Eastwick. “In addition, we consistently maintain one of the highest graduate job-placement rates in the nation.” For more information, visit the HoHoKus School of Trade and Technical Sciences, at 634 Market Street in Paterson, call (800) 646-WELD, or visit online at Finalizing the electrical and plumbing affiliations are (seated) Scott Fralley, NJIECA Apprenticeship chairman; Alan Concha, director of the HoHoKus School of Trade; Ralph Wetzel, first vice president of NJPHCC; and (standing) Joseph Esposito, NJIECA chapter training director; and Thomas M. Eastwick, president of Eastwick Education, which owns and operates the HoHoKus School. taught the theory and skills necessary to install and maintain electrical devices and wiring in homes, factories, offices and other structures. The HoHoKus School of Trade provides complete hands-on workstations that allow students to learn electrical theory and procedures firsthand. Completion of this program is equal to a one-year, on-thejob apprenticeship experience. “The students do not need to have electrical backgrounds to be successful,” said Joe Pete, an electrical and professional engineer, certified energy practitioner and instructor for the electrical apprenticeship program. “More importantly, the program is endorsed at the highest levels providing fabulous opportunities for our graduates.” The fully accredited plumbing, heating, and pipefitting #1 BASEBALL CAMP IN AMERICA Mahwah. Campers 7-17. Select one or more weeks June 22 thru Aug. 9. Overnight, Day Camp or Extended Day Camp. 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