Catawba Valley Community College officials recently celebrated the graduation of its first two apprentices and held a formal signing ceremony for 11 new members of Apprenticeship Catawba.
The first two Apprenticeship Catawba graduates Michael Pilkington and Xzavier Patton, completed their training with Sarstedt. They graduated from CVCC this past May with an Associate in Applied Science in Mechatronics Technology. They will also earn a Journeyman’s Certificate through the N.C. Department of Labor, a nationally recognized industry credential signifying completion of 8,000 hours of on-the-job training.
Pilkington and Patton are now employed full time with Sarstedt and have benefits that include medical insurance, dental insurance, eye care and life insurance, plus paid holidays. They also have the opportunity to pursue further college education eligible for reimbursement by Sarstedt with passing grades.
Eleven new members of Apprenticeship Catawba also formally entered the program. These high school juniors will receive a college degree at CVCC in either mechatronics engineering technology or computer integrated machining technology, valued at approximately $16,500. Employment is guaranteed after successful completion.
Students entering this fall include Devon Lyda with Aptar; Paxton Sigmon with Continental;
Vincent Melendez with GKN Driveline; Jacob Lasecki with Sarstedt; Daniel Schronce with Sarstedt; Thomas Shook with Sarstedt; Deana Stinson with Tenowo; and Lucas Branch with ZF Chassis.
The program is a CVCC collaboration with these area advanced manufacturers, the Catawba County Schools and the NC Department of Labor.
Over the past few years, manufacturing processes have evolved to require workers with computer experience and the ability to function in a highly automated environment. The skills learned and broad education provided at CVCC fills this gap.
Interested high school juniors should contact their Career and Technical Education advisor or guidance counselor. For more information about Apprenticeship Catawba and the companies involved, visit www.cvcc.edu/Apprenticeship_Catawba.
Photo: Catawba Valley Community College officials recently celebrated the induction of 11 new members of Apprenticeship Catawba. Each of these high school juniors will receive a college degree at CVCC in either mechatronics engineering technology or computer integrated machining technology, valued at approximately $16,500. Employment is guaranteed after successful completion. Pictured (from left) are new apprentices Devon Lyda with Aptar Paxton Sigmon with Continental, Vincent Melendez with GKN Driveline, Jacob Lasecki with Sarstedt, Daniel Schronce with Sarstedt, Thomas Shook with Sarstedt, Deana Stinson with Tenowo, and Lucas Branch with ZF Chassis.