Northern Virginia is the richest area in the Commonwealth when it comes to the Virginia Apprenticeship program. Each year the program continues to be successful with the addition of many sponsors, apprentices and graduates. In fact, there have been several graduates that have given back to their roots by hiring, training and even paying for the education of apprentices in their own companies.
A company that has sponsored the Apprenticeship Program for over 50 years is M.C. Dean, Incorporated, one of the nation's premier engineering and integration providers for complex electrical, electronic, and telecommunication systems. M. C. Dean is based in Dulles, Virginia but it is a global company with offices throughout the Eastern United States, Europe and the Middle East. The company serves not only Fortune 1000 corporations, universities, high tech and biotech firms, but also federal, state, and local governments and other organizations with large scale, complex, and mission-critical infrastructure needs.
Established in 1949, M.C. Dean, Inc. has earned a reputation as an innovator and pioneer, establishing training programs within the Metropolitan Area, working with school districts and community programs to help pinpoint and promote their trade to students who have given thought to being an electrician. M.C. Dean University was established by the company to encourage electricians o continue their education to become engineers. Of all the programs that the company gives back to the community the largest is the Apprenticeship Program.
M.C. Dean has 270 registered apprentices with the Commonwealth, and each year they continue to add more as others graduate and receive the Electrical License. The company has been a registered sponsor with the state since 1952. Brian Wetter, the Apprenticeship Supervisor and part of the education staff at M. C. Dean, takes his job very seriously. “Chase the information, get the knowledge and the money will chase you,” Mr. Wetter tells his employees to make them understand that being an electrician is not just a job, it is a career. “Training is an essential part of our company,” he explains, “because Bill Dean was an apprentice himself.”
Bill Dean started with the company he runs as an apprentice and took his related instruction at what is known as Fairfax County Adult Education. Since he graduated from the Apprenticeship Program, he has gone on to receive his Journeyman’s license, Master’s license and graduated from Georgia Tech in Electrical Engineering.
M.C. Dean is looking for those who want a career in the electrician trade. The company is committed to training those who want to be apprentices and those who lack the knowledge to become licensed electricians. In the next few months, M. C. Dean will be starting two new programs, Electronic Systems Technician and Telecommunication Technician. We are excited to see what growth will happen with this company and with the Northern Virginia Apprenticeship Division.