M.C. Dean is more than an engineering and technologies company; we are corporate citizens who contribute to the greater good of the nation and the world, not only through our core competencies and service offerings, but also by how we give back to the communities that have supported our ongoing success.
M.C. Dean Foundation
We firmly believe in helping others help themselves which is why the M.C. Dean Foundation was created. The M.C. Dean Foundation represents a significant milestone in our corporate history. With the creation of a dedicated charitable fund, M.C. Dean can support, in a meaningful way, those non-profit organizations that make a real difference in our communities and that uphold our company standards of hard work, passion and dedication within all facets of our industry.
Electrical Apprenticeship Program
For more than 50 years, M.C. Dean has supported local businesses along with the economic initiatives of the city of Washington D.C. M.C. Dean helped establish one of the earliest technical apprenticeship programs in the city - the apprenticeship program at the Phelps School, more than twenty years ago. The chairman of M.C. Dean was a member of the Apprenticeship Advisory Council. Today, M.C. Dean is the school’s largest sponsor for technical vocational training. M.C. Dean has an unmatched reputation for providing, at our expense, advanced technical education and for employing hundreds of District residents in technical careers.
M.C. Dean’s accredited Electrical Apprenticeship Program provides top notch classroom instruction and unparalleled on-the-job training to enable candidates to become licensed Journeyman Electricians in four years. Through this program, M.C. Dean currently teaches, trains, mentors, and provides on-the-job experience to more than 150 apprentices.
Both Federal and state labor departments have recognized the Electrical Apprenticeship Program, including the U.S. Department of Labor, Virginia, Maryland and even the District of Columbia, where M.C. Dean has distinguished itself as the largest employer of electrical apprentices.
Washington, D.C. Schools
M.C. Dean is working closely with select District of Columbia schools to recruit D.C. public school students for entry-level electrical careers, including our Apprenticeship program. The purpose of this program is to identify the best and brightest bound students for employment consideration with M.C. Dean.
Future development of the program will include coordination with post-secondary apprenticeship related instructions in the District and an articulation agreement with the University of the District of Columbia or other appropriate higher education institution in the District. This program will be modeled on an already successful Northern Virginia Community College program, through which apprentices who have successfully completed apprenticeship related instructions are eligible for credit toward their Associate's Degree.
Selected partner schools will launch an electrical program for grades 11-12 which includes a qualified instructor, NCCER curriculum textbooks and instructor materials, and adequate lab space.
M.C. Dean Scholarship Program
M.C. Dean has established a merit-based scholarship for company apprentices, channeling high performing employees into the A.A.S (Associate of Applied Science) in Electrical Technology degree program, offered through the Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC). Completing this apprenticeship training contributed 30 credit hours towards the AAS degree.
This merit scholarship now makes it possible for M.C. Dean employees to continue their education, even when unable to afford tuition. Employees may apply for the scholarship, worth over $5,000, by completing a qualification form, creating their ideal class schedule, and writing a narrative of the benefits they expect to receive from the program and share with M.C. Dean Scholarship recipients are selected based on existing job performance, evaluation scores, supervisor feedback, and a narrative summary of how the degree will positively affect their performance and the company’s business results.
M.C. Dean's Impact on Minority and Small Businesses
M.C. Dean routinely makes every practical attempt to maximize its purchase of total annual services, supplies and hardware from small or small, disadvantaged concerns. Where possible, we first consider small businesses and small, disadvantaged businesses for electrical and security equipment and supplies for every material order, without compromising M.C. Dean’s cost effectiveness. In 2001, M.C. Dean placed over ten million dollars (more than 25% of our total purchases) in supplies/subcontracts with small, minority and women owned businesses, where more than 80% of these purchases were not on projects requiring or affirmatively encouraging such participation.