(Washington, DC) – Today, the Department of Employment Services (DOES) and Pepco Washington Gas opened a new utility training yard at the DC Infrastructure Academy (DCIA). Through the strategic partnership between DOES and Pepco, the first of its kind utility training yard will train residents for the specific needs and job opportunities provided through Pepco and its subcontractors. Program participants will receive hands-on training in pole climbing, transformer testing, fall protection, bucket truck operation, First Aid and CPR, installing, repairing and maintaining overhead electrical lines and many other utility skills trainings at the new utility training yard.
“The DC Infrastructure Academy trains DC residents for high-demand careers in the infrastructure industry,” said Deputy Mayor for Operations and Infrastructure Lucinda Babers. “Partnerships like our longstanding partnership with Pepco underscore the academy’s role and our commitment to ensuring our residents are ready for these opportunities.”
Today’s ribbon cutting takes place during DC Infrastructure Week, which celebrates the Bowser Administration’s significant infrastructure investments and highlights the many workforce and job training programs and services available to District residents through the DC Department of Employment Service at the DC Infrastructure Academy.
“Since its opening, DCIA has provided services to more than 1,500 District residents,” said DOES Director Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes. “As we continue to expand on workforce training opportunities and career services offered at DCIA, we know how important our partnerships are with businesses like Pepco, as they play a critical role in providing residents a fair shot at economic prosperity in our nation’s capital.”
Located between the Barry Farm and Fort Stanton communities in Ward 8, DCIA combines a series of hands-on and classroom trainings that include the Quick Path to Transportation, Quick Path to Information Technology, Quick Path to Energy, ATSSA Flagger and OSHA 10 trainings.
The Department of Employment Services (DOES) is the District’s lead labor, workforce development agency, and is responsible for providing District residents with critical employment readiness and job training services. The agency oversees Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act programming, Unemployment Insurance, the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program, Project Empowerment, L.E.A.P., DC Career Connections, and additional supportive programs for veterans and mature workers. To learn more about the programs and services offered at DOES, visit does.dc.gov or es.does.dc.gov.