Education & Training Programs
M.C. Dean demonstrated early commitment to workforce development, becoming a registered apprenticeship sponsor in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1953. Since that time, their Electrical Apprenticeship Program has grown to over 250 apprentices registered in Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Georgia and Florida.
Apprentices are full-time employees – with full benefits – who receive a combination of classroom instruction and on-the-job training leading to the Journeyman Electrician license at the end of the four-year program. Interested? Apply now. See the community impact section of the web site for more information.
Want to learn more? Contact the education department at University@mcdean.com
Candidate Development Programs
At M.C. Dean, we understand the future of our workforce begins in our schools. We work with school districts throughout Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland to build technical education programs that prepare students for careers in our industry.
Our flagship program at Cardozo Senior High School in Washington, DC, launched in the 2005-2006 school year, and we continue to develop and support school districts through participation in curriculum review, industry advisory boards, monetary and in-kind donations, career fairs, and job shadow days. To learn more about our programs in Washington, DC, see the community impact section of the web site.
M.C. Dean sponsors internship programs for high school students and teacher/counselor programs to share information about careers in our industry. Our engineering co-op program at Virginia Tech allows our engineering staff to select talented electrical engineering students to mentor into full-time positions upon their graduation.
Beyond the Schools – and Into the Community
Our outreach extends beyond the schools. Partnering with local First Source employment officials, M.C. Dean has recruited and hired residents of Washington, DC and Atlanta, GA for full-time positions on our projects.
M.C. Dean is also partnering with the National Capitol Revitalization Corporation and Goodwill of Greater Washington in support of its PART: Pre-apprenticeship Training Program. A combination of life skills, safety, and industry training, this pilot initiative is preparing District residents for employment in the construction industry.
M.C. Dean University
In 2003, the Company launched M.C. Dean University, the continuing education arm of our education and training programs. M.C. Dean provides an unparalleled level of support for lifelong learning, paying 100% of tuition for continuing education courses in the employee's career path. Targeted learning programs are available to every employee, addressing the development of technical, project management, and leadership skills.
Through a unique partnership with Northern Virginia Community College, M.C. Dean created a customized Associates Degree program. The articulation agreement awards 30 hours of college credit to our apprenticeship program graduates when they begin their program. Additional articulation agreements will be created with area colleges and universities who best meet our employees' needs. Tuition reimbursement is also available for employees pursuing undergraduate or graduate level degrees.