DeAngelo's Path to Legislature Begins at MCCC
Windsor, N.J. - When Wayne DeAngelo '87 (Electronics
Engineering Technology) enrolled at Mercer in 1983 after graduating
from Steinert High School, he had some things to figure out
- such as what he wanted to do with his life. According to
DeAngelo, Mercer County Community College proved the perfect
place to do just that.
Starting off part-time, DeAngelo took a variety of classes
over several years at the college. But, when he took his first
Electronics Engineering Technology course, he quickly realized
this was something he was both good at and enjoyed.
He also got active at the student radio station, WMCC. As
a station disk jockey, he got his first taste of reaching
out and connecting with the public. It was a rewarding and
energizing experience and one that would figure into his future
far more than he could have known at the time.
With his newly acquired technical skills, DeAngelo became
an apprentice with the International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers (IBEW) Local 269. His training with the union was
demanding, including 40 hours per week on the job and two
nights in class. "Over a five-year period, apprentices
are expected to complete 10,000 hours on the job and 1,000
in the classroom," he explained.
was committed to the process and eventually earned his journeyman
electrician certification. Far more than a basic electrician, DeAngelo
explains that journeymen electricians are certified installers for
complex systems such as fire alarm systems in corporate settings
and emergency call systems in hospitals. He also is certified to
carry out audio and video installations.
In more recent years, DeAngelo has largely balanced his hands-on
work with work in the public sector. For the past 12 years, he has
served as the assistant business manager for IBEW Local 269, which
counts 1200 members throughout Central New Jersey and Bucks County,
Pa. He also serves as president of the Mercer-Burlington County
Building and Construction Trades, which promotes and supports men
and women in skilled labor unions.
DeAngelo also got active in local government. A lifelong Hamilton
resident, he first served on the Hamilton Township Zoning Board,
then on the Town Council and most recently on the Planning Board.
And, broadening his sights even further, in 2007, DeAngelo ran for
state public office and was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly
for the 14th Legislative District, where he now serves as Deputy
Speaker Pro Tempore. His professional experience as an electrician
and labor union leader has provided critical understanding of issues
in his role as vice chair of the Assembly Telecommunications and
Utilities Committee and as a member of the Assembly Labor Committee.
recently sponsored bills include one that provides for mail-in voting
in general elections, another that creates a "one-stop shopping"
online database for public contracts, and a third designed to control
employer taxes and provide assistance to the unemployed. The Governor
recently signed into law measures sponsored by DeAngelo to improve
the state's online system to handle unemployment claims and to streamline
access to orders issued by the Board of Public Utilities affecting
telephone, cable and utility services for consumers.
DeAngelo is gratified that his career track has turned in the direction
of public service, where "I am able to have a broader impact
on the lives of New Jersey's citizens." DeAngelo knows the
importance of reaching out to those in need in his community and
maintain strong ties to MCCC and its students.
He traces his present success and service to his start at Mercer.
"It's a great school for everyone - for high school graduates
and returning adult students, for those who know what they want
to do and those who still need to figure it out. At Mercer, you
will get the mentoring you need."
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