Meet Angelica Ramos, Apprentice Limited Energy Electrician
Angelica Ramos is a single mom, with two children age 4 and 14. Before pursuing an apprenticeship, she had been working in low-wage, dead-end jobs. She had taken three years of college, but had to drop out when her youngest was born.
Now she is following in the footsteps of her brother, pursuing a career as an electrician, thanks to the pre-apprenticeship program at Oregon Tradeswoman. “If it wasn’t for Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.’s pre-apprenticeship class, I don’t think I would have gotten in. The hands-on experience in class gave me what I needed to get down and dirty, pick up the tools and build stuff. I am learning something new every day. I can set an example for my kids and have more opportunity to provide for their future.”
She worked hard in the Oregon Tradeswoman pre-apprenticeship program to prepare, developing a solid transportation and child care plan, and learning as much as she could about the electrical industry. “I wanted a career that would challenge me both intellectually and physically,” Angelica said. She studied math in preparation for the Electrical Apprenticeship aptitude test and practiced her interviewing skills. During class her instructors commented that they were impressed with her leadership ability, her work ethic, and her ability to be positive, cooperative and engaged.
Right after graduating from the pre-apprenticeship program, Angelica applied for the Electrical Apprenticeship, and various electrical supply houses. She was hired by Platt Electric Supply in February 2008 to work in their warehouse, where she received glowing reviews from her supervisor. In April 2008, Angelica was selected as an Electrical Apprentice, where she began working for Dynalectric on May 1, 2008.
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