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Aug 21, 2020

Kelly Leavitt - 3rd Year Residential Apprentice

Before Local 332, Kelly Leavitt felt like she didn’t have a lot of direction in her life. She was a driver for an electrical contractor, so she worked with electricians every day. “They told me I was too smart to just be driving,” she recalled. “So I applied for the 332 apprenticeship and was super happy to get in. It’s been a life-changing experience.”

She started her career in electrical work later than most people. “I was at a different place in my life,” she explained. “It was a hard decision to make, giving up a little pay to start off with. But it’s worth it. The health benefits are incredible, especially during the pandemic, when so many people are losing their coverage. I don’t have to worry about that. I have two kids, so that’s important.”

Kelly plans to transition to the inside apprenticeship once her residential is completed. “I wish it was something more women knew about,” she said. “It’s a good career, and you’re never doing the same thing every day. My oldest daughter is an artist, but she is interested in going into the trades. She sees what I do, hears about what I do at work, and she says, ‘Hey, I can do that.’ It’s exciting that I get to do this and get further in life than if I hadn’t gotten into the trades. And the union is so encouraging and supportive. It’s like having a big family.”

Dante Fullard - 3rd Year Inside Apprentice

As a college football player, Dante Fullard realized that sports probably wasn’t going to pay the bills and started looking for a career. His uncle was a union electrical worker, and that made him think: “I’m in Silicon Valley; there’s tech everywhere. All these lights and computers will always need power.”

So far, he has worked mostly at big job sites including the Valley Fair mall remodel and Facebook at Moffet Towers. Once he turns out, he plans on sticking with the union. “I’m going to try to be a foreman, and just continue to represent the local as best I can out in the field and community. The union really changed my life. I’m humbled every day, knowing I have my job there for me. I’m proud and honored to be part of it.”

Local 332 is like family to Dante. “I was always part of a team in sports. Now I’m part of something bigger. I have had people come up to me when I’m wearing a 332 T-shirt just to say, ‘Hey, what’s up, brother!’ It’s amazing.”

To anyone considering a career in the trades, he has some advice: “Be ready to work hard, have an open mind and ask questions; don’t get discouraged if someone comes down on you. They just want to help you be successful.”

Contact Info
IBEW Local 332
2125 Canoas Garden Ave, Ste 100
San Jose, CA 95125

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