Wilkes New Apprenticeship Program
Wilkes County Schools and Wilkes Community College Officials have joined together to develop an Apprenticeship Program for all rising High School Seniors. To be chosen for the program, the student must first interview with the participating companies. Once they are selected for the Career and College Promise (CCP) Program, they will attend college classes and will learn on the job training by the participating employer.
The apprenticeship program gained momentum in the Wilkesboro community around September of 2017. After attending meetings at Wilkes Community College and meeting with peer companies in our area, we knew we wanted to participate in helping students who sought after a vocation. It took hours on the phone with the State of North Carolina, structuring benchmarks, filing paperwork, and awaiting the approval to proceed. By the end of March, we had completed and sent out our last qualification form.
At the beginning of April, InterFlex, along with four other companies, received full approval out of the ten that applied. On April 10th we had 3 students experience the inner workings of our company by providing them with food, conversation, and a full tour of the plant.
We look forward to hearing from Wilkesboro, and the State of North Carolina, if we will be receiving an apprentice to join and grow into a position they can have for years to come.
Director of Human Resources, NA
To learn more about the Career and College Promise (CCP) Program, read the full article by the Wilkes Journal-Patriot here. Full Article – Wilkes Journal Patriot