|Five of 55 current apprentices in the Apprenticeship Randolph program at Randolph Community College are pictured, from left to right: Austin Atkins (Apprentice at Technimark), Emma Fahy (Apprentice at Elastic Therapy Inc.), Monye McQuaig (Apprentice at Oliver), Abby Goss (Apprentice at Phoenix Precision Machining), and Jerry Mize (Apprentice at Energizer).|
ASHEBORO (Jan. 26, 2021)
Apprenticeship Randolph begins its 2021 student recruitment season with Information Sessions starting this week and running through Feb. 5. The Information Sessions are online during the day and at night in order for high school students and parents/guardians to learn more about the program and opportunities for apprenticeship from company leaders and current apprentices. Students (and their parents/guardians) are encouraged to contact their school’s Career Development Coordinator for more information on their school's session. Students enrolled in public, charter, private, early college, or home schools and their parents/guardians are welcome to attend any “OPEN” sessions.
|Mize, a 2020 Graduate of Providence Grove High School, is a Maintenance Apprentice with Energizer.|
Apprenticeship Randolph is a four-year program, open to all high school juniors and seniors residing and attending school in Randolph County. Currently, there are opportunities for students to apply and earn one of approximately 27 apprenticeship positions (two in Information Technology and 25 in Manufacturing Technology). Interested students can check out the list of participating companies and available careers.
Student requirements are:
• High school junior or senior living and attending school in Randolph County;
• Have a GPA unweighted of 2.8 (if under a 2.8, the student may need to take additional Randolph Community College classes);
• Have no more than five absences per year (due to COVID-19, attendance records will be viewed from Aug 2019-March 1, 2020 and Aug 2020-present; some exceptions may apply);
• Successfully complete Math 1, 2, and 3 (or enrolled/set to be enrolled);
• Attend with parent/guardian at least one Virtual Company Open House;
• If selected for an apprenticeship, pass an employer drug test.
The process for interested students begins with the Information Sessions this week, which are in both English and Spanish and last approximately 30-45 minutes. Students must then attend at least one Company Open House, which will take place Feb. 8-March 5. It is highly recommended that students attend as many as they can.
During Feb. 8-March 8, students can apply online.
The Information Sessions are listed below and log in information can be found online on the School Information Sessions tab. Students and parents are encouraged to be on time, hold their questions until the end, keep their cameras on if possible, stay on mute until they speak, and be respectful:
• Eastern Randolph High School — Thursday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. on Google Meet
• Randleman High School — Friday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. on Google Meet
• OPEN — Saturday, Jan. 30, 9 a.m. on Zoom
• OPEN (in Spanish) — Saturday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m. on Zoom
• Southwestern Randolph High School — Monday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. on Google Meet
• Uwharrie Ridge 6-12 — Tuesday, Feb. 2, 10:15 a.m. on Google Meet
• OPEN (in Spanish) — Tuesday, Feb. 2, 6 p.m. on Zoom
• Asheboro High School — Wednesday, Feb. 3, 3:15 p.m. on Google Meet
• Trinity High School — Thursday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m. on Google Meet
• OPEN — Thursday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m. on Zoom
• Providence Grove High School — Friday, Feb. 5, 9:50 a.m. on Google Meet.
Apprenticeship Randolph began in June 2016 as a collaboration among RCC, the Randolph County School System, Asheboro City Schools, the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce, and local manufacturers. The goal was to bridge both the interest and skill gaps in modern manufacturing and provide a vehicle for expanding the workforce pool for advance manufacturing in the county. With tuition funded through Career and College Promise and the N.C. Youth Apprenticeship Tuition Waiver Program and books paid for by the school systems and the participating companies, Apprenticeship Randolph produces an educated, skilled, debt-free workforce.