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San Diego City College President Anthony Beebe visited the Associated Builders and Contractors Training Academy for a tour of the classroom and lab facilities.

San Diego City College serves as the post-secondary education partner for the ABC Apprenticeship Training Trust. This critically important relationship allows apprentices in the ABC training program to earn college credits through San Diego City College while completing their studies.

Beebe became president of San Diego City College in August 2014 after serving eight years as president of San Diego Continuing Education, which provides noncredit adult education at seven SDCCD campus locations.

ABC’s Apprenticeship Training Trust is a state and federally recognized construction-training program and has operated in San Diego County for close to 30 years. The 50,000-square-foot training academy houses 16 classrooms, a computer lab and hands-on working laboratory.

Left to right: William Smyth, ABC Apprenticeship Training Trust board chairman; Anthony Beebe, San Diego City College president; Greg Eyer, ABC Apprenticeship Training Academy facilities manager; and Randy Barnes, vice president of instruction, San Diego City College. Photo by Katie Hansen

ABC’s apprenticeship program trains hundreds of skilled craft professionals in electrical, plumbing, pipefitting, electronic systems technicians and sheet metal trades every year. Apprenticeships are three to five years in length depending upon the trade. Apprentices are employed full-time by a company and attend class two nights a week, earning credits through San Diego City College while completing the program.

During his visit, ABC San Diego presented Beebe with a check for $2,500 to the San Diego City College Foundation to help support its educational mission. “We enjoyed showing Dr. Beebe first-hand the importance of our apprenticeship program,” said Katie Hansen, director of community affairs for ABC. “Several of our board members are graduates of the San Diego Community College District.”

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