"Our school is accredited, and if you complete the four levels and you get your apprenticeship hours in, you qualify for your journeyman's card. That means you don't have to take the journeyman's exam. Whereas, if you work as an apprentice and don't get schooling through ABC, you have to take the journeyman's exam," Simmers said.
After completing a degree at ABC, getting a job is easier, Simmers said.
"We're owned by about 200 members who are contractors. Your chances of getting employed are greatly increased because they know you are getting quality training," he said.
A closer look at local trade schools
Following is contact information for some local trade schools:
o Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.-Cumberland Valley Chapter
530 N. Locust St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Offers training in plumbing, carpentry, electrical and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning)