The Construction Industry Training Council of Washington (CITC) held its 2015 graduation ceremony June 19th at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. There were 37 graduating students representing four of CITC’s state-approved trades: Carpentry, Electrical, Heavy Equipment Operator and Plumbing.
“The number of students enrolling in CITC’s programs is increasing since the economy has rebounded,” said Halene Sigmund, president and CEO. “All 37 of these graduates will have a myriad of opportunities due to the strong economy and a continued worker shortage caused by attrition and retiring baby boomers.”
CITC anticipates enrollment of 500 students for the fall quarter. First year classes (new students coming into the programs) have increased to 220 students, which reflects both the economy and the fact that CITC has opened a new facility in Spokane.
In lieu of a keynote speaker at this year’s ceremony, CITC showed a video celebrating its 30thAnniversary.
CITC provides state-approved apprenticeship and craft training in the carpentry, commercial electrical, residential electrical, low energy electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, heavy equipment operator, laborers, painting, plumbing, and sheet metal trades. CITC also runs continuing education classes for license renewal for plumbers and electricians. The program is dedicated to training, developing and retaining a skilled labor force for the construction industry and is both a nationally accredited and state-approved apprenticeship training program. CITC is headquartered in Bellevue and has training facilities and programs throughout the State.