The first class of 26 city residents graduated from the Atlantic City Infrastructure Program on Thursday in a ceremony at Stockton University’s city campus, and will now interview for jobs in the energy field.

“I saw this was an avenue to build a foundation for my family,” said JaVonn Parrish, 29, who said he has worked for years in the food service industry. “I jumped on it.”

While he doesn’t have any children yet, he said, getting started in a utility career will give him the stability he needs to consider it.

The program is a joint effort between the city and Atlantic City Electric. Read more from The Press of Atlantic City.