ACI Congratulates Our Apprenticeship Grads!

Programs Help ACI Maintain Competitive Edge

On Friday, June 2nd & Monday, June 12th, Atlantic Constructors officially congratulated our apprentices:

  • Shelton Barker, Service & Special Projects
  • Joseph Clarke, Fire Protection
  • Joshua Maddox, Service & Special Projects
  • Shawn Mitchell, Service & Special Projects
  • Bradley Ruble, Service & Special Projects
  • Robert Snellings, Service & Special Projects
  • Ebony Thompson, Service & Special Projects
  • Gabe Jovel, Mechanical
  • Christopher Martin, Service & Special Projects
  • Sean Norris, Service & Special Projects

At the electrical graduation, VECAP presented two outstanding student awards, both won by ACI’s Josh Maddox! He received the award for the highest grade point average (98%) and was also acknowledged for his perfect attendance – he never missed a class during the entire four-year period! This is the second consecutive year that ACI apprentices have won each award. (Last year Chris Peters had the highest grade point average and Joshua Stanley perfect attendance.)

Keith Dunford, Senior Project Manager, was quick to express his excitement for all of the graduates. He also shared this about Josh, “Josh’s determination and drive are exceptional and his joyous positive attitude is contagious. We are proud of his aspiring nature and are continually impressed by his ability to go above and beyond. It has been a pleasure to watch him grow and we are looking forward to him continuing his future with ACI.”

ACI was represented at the June 2nd ceremony by Terrence Kerner, Keith Dunford, Gary Crawford, Melissa Weaver, Chancelor VanGorder, and Tim Hodge. Keith has been an instructor in the program for three years and Chance just completed his first year in this role.

Last Friday’s electrical apprentice graduation was not our only reason to celebrate. We also had three more apprentices finish their respective programs. Gabe Jovel and Christopher Martin completed the plumbing apprentice program and Sean Norris completed his HVAC training. ACI was represented at the June 12 plumbing graduation ceremony by Donna Westbrook & Melissa Weaver. Melissa Weaver, ACI’s Training Manager/ Apprenticeship Coordinator was full of congrats for all of our graduates and she offered this advice. “Sit for your test ASAP! It’s easier to access all the book knowledge that you will need now rather than 12 months from now.”

ACI’s President, Terrence Kerner, noted that “The apprentice programs play an important role in our ability to compete in an industry where there is a shortage of skilled labor. ACI encourages participation in all trades.”


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