For Immediate Release: June 6, 2023

Students train for clean energy jobs under SMUD’s new apprenticeship program

SMUD partners with NCCT on EV equipment course

On Thursday, SMUD and Northern California Construction Training (NCCT) will celebrate the achievements of 11 students approaching the completion of their electric vehicle-focused electrical training program. Students are learning basic electrical technician skills and gaining specific electrification and electric vehicle supply equipment knowledge that will open pathways to full apprenticeships and high-paying jobs.

WHAT: SMUD/NCCT Electrician Training Pre-Apprenticeship program class. Students will engage in hands-on training, including electrical wiring applications for residential appliances, EV chargers and other equipment.

WHEN: Thursday, June 8 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

WHERE: 10850 Gadsten Way, Rancho Cordova, room D12

WHO: Pre-apprenticeship program students, SMUD Board Vice President Rosanna Herber and SMUD, NCCT and school representatives

SMUD partnered with NCCT to develop a six-week trainee course, taught by certified IBEW electricians, that recruits from under-resourced communities. The Folsom Cordova Unified School District is providing facilities for in-classroom instruction and offering skill refresher courses to apprenticeship program students at its adult school.

Participants earn up to $1,000 for completing the course. Upon graduation, students are connected to entry-level employment opportunities and given the chance to begin an apprenticeship, including with IBEW.

About 120 students are anticipated to take part in SMUD's inaugural trainee program, which consists of multiple sessions scheduled throughout the remainder of 2023. The upcoming cohort, beginning on June 26, is nearly full.

About SMUD

As the nation’s sixth-largest, community-owned, not-for-profit electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity to Sacramento County for more than 75 years. SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. Today, SMUD’s power supply is on average about 50 percent carbon free and SMUD has a goal to reach zero carbon in its electricity production by 2030. For more information on SMUD’s Zero Carbon Plan and its customer programs, visit