Four Students Graduate from BANCF Apprenticeship Program

Congratulations to the following electrical apprentices who graduated from the Builders Association of North Central Florida’s apprenticeship program at Santa Fe College on Thursday, May 16: Michael McCann, Travis Sullivan and Adam Littauer, who all work for Preston Link Electric Inc. and Ethan Swindel, who works for Custom Electric of Gainesville, Inc. (Ethan was also named Most Outstanding Apprentice.)

Having attended class twice a week for four years while also working full-time, these graduates are dedicated, well-trained employees who have become great assets to the companies they work for, as well as the local industry. Three out of four have already passed the journeyman’s exam, and all have proven that they have what it takes to be called a skilled tradesperson. The four graduates have also participated in all three of the habitat houses that were constructed at the Charles R. Perry Construction Institute at SF.

The apprenticeship program offers four trades – electrical, HVAC, plumbing and carpentry – and plays a crucial role in the training of the local construction industry. We all love lights, air conditioning, water and roofs over our heads, so the students’ hard work and dedication is much appreciated. We are also thankful for the local contractors, Builders Association, SF and second to none instructors who believe in the program and care about the proper training of our up-and-coming workforce. Special thanks to Graybar Electric for donating gifts to the students, and to Bob Fetterman and his staff for allowing us to use the Fine Arts lobby for our event.

Congratulations graduates and a big thank you to everyone involved.

from left to right: Ed Bonahue (provost), Kara Bolton (president of Builders Association), Jane Parkin (director of Construction and Technical Education), Michael McCann, Travis Sullivan, Adam Littauer, Ethan Swindel, Guy Roig (vice president of Preston Link Electric Inc.), Wade Ring (4th year electrical instructor), Justin MacDougall (apprenticeship coordinator)