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The “New Collar” work trend is changing employment opportunities… and FCPS ACE is a “New Collar” leader

Fairfax, VA – July 18, 2024 – “New Collar” work, with jobs requiring highly skilled and trained employees in the trades, technology, medical and engineering fields, is rapidly changing the face of the US labor market to the benefit of employees, employers, and the economy. READ MORE

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Workforce Development
Steps Closer to Becoming a Master Plumber and Mentoring Others

icon plumber“I was a plumber in my home country. When I came to America, I hoped to continue my career, learn the requirements, tools, and materials in order to become certified and become a Master Plumber in the United States. Along with being able to financially take care of my immediate and extended family, my dream is to own my own plumbing business one day. I would like to be able to hire and mentor others who are interested in the plumbing profession and give those the opportunity to gain a respectable career, and a good income to ultimately be able to support their families. FCPS ACE’s Plumbing Apprenticeship program has empowered me to invest in myself and my future goals. I have already learned so much from Plumbing I and with receiving a scholarship I was quickly able to continue my education journey with jumping into Plumbing II. This has put me one step closer to achieving my dreams of being a business owner, being a mentor for others, and providing for my family.”
– Rabiu Y.

Health & Medical
Empowered with the Skills to Contribute to the Health and Well-being of the Community

icon trainer“Health is one of the most important things in life. My goals surround developing a career in health, wellness, and personal training. A career in this field will not only allow me to provide for my family, but it will allow me to help those in the community develop a healthy quality of life. FCPS ACE’s Personal Training program, is giving me the skills I need to be able to teach others how to stay healthy, fit, and ultimately achieve positive mental health. As a single mother, FCPS ACE’s program has allowed me the opportunity to keep on my path to achieve my goals to become a productive, self-sufficient citizen of the community, and contribute to the well-being of others.”
– Julia C.

Workforce Development
Proof of What’s Possible, Success in a New Career Path and More

icon electrician“After changing career paths a few times, I finally found mine when I was hired by an electric company and was connected to FCPS ACE to become an electrical apprentice to work toward the necessary licenses needed for a career as an electrician. Now, not only am I a project manager, but I am also an instructor for FCPS ACE. I became an instructor at FCPS ACE, because I saw first-hand the benefit of learning from instructors who are in the field themselves. With my students today, I not only get to be an example and proof of what’s possible, but with FCPS ACE’s flexible class options, online, in-person, and hybrid, I can teach students through hands-on experience and in formats that allow them to start in the field, and earn an income, while they learn. The education I gained at FCPS ACE advanced my career, and now I have the opportunity year after year to enhance the lives of my students, and our community.”
– Anthony G.

Health & Medical
Fulfilling Life-long Mission to Serve Others Through Medicine

Health and Medical“From a young age I learned about the limitations of poverty. As I have begun to develop my career, I have hoped to be able to serve my community and live a lifelong mission of serving others through medicine. FCPS ACE’s Health and Medical program is allowing me an affordable opportunity to pursue my interests in the health and medical field. I am now working toward achieving my medical assistant certification so that I may help provide medical access to those undergoing financial struggles, poverty, and have greater impact on the community.”
– Eunice C.

Workforce Development
Proving What I can accomplish and be a Master Electrician

Workforce Development“The education I receive at FCPS ACE helps me keep up with the ever-changing innovations in technology, new codes, mandates, and regulations that impact electrical trades. I want to expand my education as much as I can to educate myself and guide my clients through the whole process of a project… and earn my Master Electrician license. Now I can prove to myself what I can accomplish; I know an FCPS ACE education does that.”

Test Prep and Success
Prepared and Excited for the Future!

Test Prep and Success“FCPS ACE prepared me to do well on the SAT/ACT … and I enjoyed doing it! I am excited to take the tests again because I feel so much more prepared this time with a lot of helpful tips to guide me. This is so important for my future. Thank you, ACE, for all your help!”

Workforce Development
Showing My Children How to Achieve, Succeed

Workforce Development“FCPS ACE works for me… ACE allows me to keep learning and gaining the experience I need with its hybrid class schedule. Without FCPS ACE, I would have to wait years before I could be a licensed plumber. I hope to have my own plumbing company one day. Ultimately, I want to show my children you can achieve whatever you want, regardless of your gender.”

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Adult and Community Education program (ACE) is the leading provider of flexible, affordable, outcome-oriented classes to promote learning at any stage in life. We offer more than 3,000 courses in a wide range of subjects that empower students of all ages and backgrounds to explore options for after high school graduation, gain valuable technical training, advance their careers with relevant skills, or enhance their lives with a range of personal interest classes. Our students and their success are what drives FCPS ACE. With more than 60 years of history and a deep connection to the local community, FCPS ACE is for you.

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