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RCC kicks off inaugural Youth Apprenticeship Week with proclamation

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Randolph Community College President/CEO Dr. Shah Ardalan kicked off the inaugural Youth Apprenticeship Week by signing a proclamation Thursday, May 2, in the McCrary Boardroom on the Asheboro Campus. Pictured in the front row, left to right, are RCC Vice President of Learning and Workforce Development Suzanne Rohrbaugh, RCC Director of Apprenticeships and Pathways Stacey Miller, Apprenticeship Randolph (AR) apprentice Ubaldo Gutierrez (Post Consumer Brands), Human Resources Manager for Energizer Holdings Lydia Walton, Ardalan, AR graduate Brandon Hill (Hubbell Industrial Controls), AR apprentice Avery Marley (Hubbell Industrial Controls Inc.), AR apprentice Orion Simmons (Technimark), AR apprentice Christopher Rudd (RCC), and RCC Engagement, Intake, and Data Specialist for Apprenticeships and AWESM Grant Andi Wilson. Pictured in the back row, left to right, are AR apprentice Kenneth Houston (Technimark), AR apprentice Will Poole (Accuchrome Tool & Mold), Manufacturing Engineer/Machining Manager for United Brass Works Inc. Landon Martin, AR apprentice Arnulfo Perdomo (Atalys), AR apprentice Tyler Hulin (United Brass Works), Tooling Engineer/Tool Shop Supervisor for Atalys and AR Vice Chair Kevin Cox, AR graduate Caleb Baudoin (Hubbell Industrial Controls), Test Department Lead for Hubbell Industrial Controls Joel Wagoner, AR apprentice Travis Jackson (Jowat Adhesives), AR apprentice Jerry Mize (Energizer), and AR apprentice Reece Beeson (United Brass Works).

Apprenticeship Randolph (AR) Vice Chair Kevin Cox, several AR apprentices, and Randolph Community College leadership and staff gathered in the College’s McCrary Boardroom on Thursday, May 2, as RCC President/CEO Dr. Shah Ardalan signed a Youth Apprenticeship Week (YAW) proclamation. The inaugural week began Monday, May 6, and is a nationwide celebration that highlights the benefits and value of Registered Apprenticeship program opportunities for youth ages 16-24.

“I’m excited to sign this proclamation recognizing Youth Apprenticeship Week,” Ardalan said. “Apprenticeships are a powerful bridge between education and the workforce, offering invaluable hands-on experience and skills development. Our institution is proud to support initiatives that provide pathways to success for our youth, equipping them with the tools they need to thrive in the evolving job market. Together, let’s celebrate the importance of apprenticeships in shaping the future of our workforce and economy.”

Apprenticeship Randolph (AR), a program for high school juniors and seniors, begins with a six-week, pre-apprenticeship summer program that consists of RCC classes and 40 hours per week of on-the-job training. Once a business selects its apprentice after this trial period, the program is spread over three years with students receiving paid, on-the-job training while earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer-Integrated Machining, Industrial Systems Technology-Mechatronics, or Information Technology through RCC and a Journey Worker Certificate from the N.C. Community College System and U.S. Department of Labor.

“When high school students go into apprenticeships with local companies and their community college, they gain so much more than a paycheck, college degree, and on-the-job training,” said Stacey Miller, RCC Director of Apprenticeships and Pathways. “Apprentices gain self-confidence, technical competence, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. They find value in being a part of a team, which develops their communication skills and work ethic. Apprenticeships give students a sense of belonging, and purpose and are a win-win for the entire community.”

Apprenticeship Randolph began in June 2016 as a collaboration among Randolph Community College, 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 advanced 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.

For more information, contact Miller at 336-318-4958 or email

Randolph Community College (RCC), under the leadership of President/CEO Dr. Shah Ardalan, is committed to providing relevant career training and educational opportunities. Affordable degrees and short-term certificate programs start throughout the year, both in person and online. For more information, call 336-633-0200 or visit and expect to engage with the most competent and compassionate team of faculty and staff.

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