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Training program nets new hires for D.C.'s Metro


At Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro), a training program developed with two other District of Columbia agencies has paid off in the form of new employees.

Metro, University of the District of Columbia and District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) last fall launched the training initiative, which focuses on electronics/electronics technology training, and features both classroom and hands-on training. Trainees were selected based on need and aptitude.

Of the 14-week program’s 10 graduates, seven accepted entry-level jobs — as mechanics assistants — with Metro. Two others were certified as eligible to work at the transit authority, but accepted jobs elsewhere. One didn’t pass Metro’s entry-level test, but plans to retake it. Program participants from the second 14-week session are scheduled to take the test later this summer.

"This program represents the efficient and effective application of organizational resources, a program other agencies with similar interests should emulate," said Metro Board Chairman Decatur Trotter in a prepared statement.