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College education not the only way

August 01, 2010|By HEATHER LOWERY
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"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)

More information can be obtained by calling 301-739-1190, by sending e-mail to abccvc@myactv.net">abccvc@myactv.net; or by going to http://www.abccvc.com.

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o Award Beauty School

26 E. Antietam St.

Hagerstown, MD 21740

Offers cosmetology and nail-technician programs

More information can be obtained by calling 301-733-4520 or by going to http://www.awardbeautyschool.com.

o Washington County Technical High School

50 W. Oak Ridge Drive

Hagerstown, MD 21740

Programs include auto technology, biomedical sciences, carpentry, collision repair, computer game development and animation, computer repair and networking, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts, digital communications and photography, early childhood professions, environmental horticultural and landscape design, electrical construction, printing and graphics communication, health occupations, multimedia design, pre-engineering and architecture, plumbing and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning).

More information can be obtained by calling 301-766-8050 or by going to http://www.wcps.k12.md.us.




Editor's note: This story was edited Aug. 2 to correct the address for Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.-Cumberland Valley Chapter

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