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For Sherrie Tullsen-Chin, taking college-level courses and receiving on-the-job training never paid so well.

The 37-year-old San Jose woman is an apprentice electrician. She works all day with an experienced contractor to learn her craft and takes classroom courses at night, earning credit at the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District in Alameda County.

The starting wage for an apprentice in the program? $19.66 an hour.

“I don’t know anywhere where honestly you can walk in off the street knowing nothing and someone is willing, just based on a test and an interview, to give you a job,” Tullsen-Chin said. “And you get paid well from the beginning.”

Tullsen-Chin is in the second year of her apprenticeship through the Alameda County Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Trade. The apprenticeship, based in San Leandro, is a five-year training program for would-be electricians. Tullsen-Chin will continue to receive pay raises every six months throughout the program, until she graduates in five years to a journeyman-level electrician, where she will command $49.15 per hour.

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