Asheboro City Schools News Article

Asheboro High School Students Selected for Apprenticeship Randolph

Five Asheboro High School students recently signed with Apprenticeship Randolph, a program designed 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.

Apprenticeship Randolph began in June 2016 as a collaboration among Randolph Community College (RCC), the Randolph County School System, Asheboro City Schools, the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce, and local manufacturers. 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.

The program, which is 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 four years with students receiving paid, on-the-job training while earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Manufacturing Technology, in Automotive Systems Technology, or Information Technology through RCC and a Journeyworker Certificate from the N.C. Community College System and U.S. Department of Labor.

This year, more than 100 applications from across the county were submitted for 18 Manufacturing positions and four Information Technology positions. Asheboro High School pre-apprentices and industry partners include:

=       Elastic Therapy Inc. — Danny Prieto Torres 

=       Oliver Rubber — Darius Fernandez and Dean Wiseman 

=       Post Consumer Brands — Ubaldo Gutierrez 

=       Randolph Community College — Daniel Botchway 

For more information, visit www.apprenticeshiprandolph.com, contact RCC Pathways Activities Coordinator Stacey Miller at 336-318-4958, or email [email protected]com.

Apprenticeship Randolph is always looking to add company partners. Interested 2020-21 rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors should speak with their Career Development Coordinators at their high schools to indicate interest in this program.

About Asheboro City Schools
Asheboro City Schools is a medium-sized school district in North Carolina, serving approximately 4,500 students at eight schools and one five-star Early Childhood Development Center. The district’s mission is to graduate responsible citizens who are prepared to succeed in higher education or the career of their choice. For more information, visit the district’s website at http://www.asheboro.k12.nc.us/.

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