Wiregrass students sign apprenticeship agreements
Students from the Wiregrass Precision Machine and Manufacturing and Industrial Systems Technology programs signed an apprenticeship agreement with Verylyn Enterprises and Premium Waters in Douglas. The students who participated in the signing ceremony were: Christopher Marschal, Jeremy Paulk, Steven Bailey, Luke White, Rusty Lamar, and Cameron Jones.
The apprenticeship program through Wiregrass is a method of training individuals in a trade using a combination of on-the-job skills development and classroom/lab related instruction. Wiregrass currently has nine programs that are approved for the apprenticeship program: Accounting, Automotive Technology, CNC Specialist, Computer Information Systems, Diesel Truck Maintenance, Industrial Systems Technology, Precision Machining and Manufacturing, Telecommunications, and Welding and Joining Technology. Other area businesses Wiregrass currently has apprenticeship agreements with are: American Drill Bushing Hoist Rings, Ace Electric, TransPower, Cass Burch Dealership, Coyote Manufacturing, Verlyn, Premium Waters, and Ace Technologies.
The apprenticeship program has proven to benefit business and industry in recruiting, training, and retaining highly skilled workers. Partnering with the college in hiring students through the apprenticeship program has also shown a reduction in turnover costs, higher productivity, and a more diverse workforce.