Snead State Community College recently added two students to its rapidly growing Industrial Systems Technology Registered Apprenticeship Program.
The College along with its industry partners celebrated the two students, who will work as paid apprentices while completing their course work in Industrial Systems Technology. Cecilia Slaten of Guntersville is working with Atrion Medical, and Chase Cornelius, also of Guntersville, is working with Tyson Foods.
“We certainly appreciate our relationship with (our industry partners),” said Snead State President Dr. Joe Whitmore. “It’s always exciting to see our students take advantage of the apprenticeship program, and we’re looking forward to seeing the program continue to grow. It’s a big deal to be able to work and earn money while you’re working on your education. The success rate of students who choose this route is phenomenal, and we’re excited to work with Atrion and Tyson to make this possible.”
Snead State’s Registered Apprenticeship Program is business driven, combining on-the-job learning with related technical instruction through the classes offered at the College. The program also includes a national credential from the Alabama Office of Apprenticeship.
Snead State Executive Project Director of Workforce Enhancement Dr. Greg Randall said, “It’s a joy to celebrate our apprentices. Every semester we add new apprentices. I can’t think of a better way to go through college than to work for a highly professional company in a competitive field while you’re obtaining your degree.”
“This is what we do. The point of this is not just to give someone a piece of paper to say they went to a community college. The purpose of this program is to equip people to go into the workforce and pursue life-changing career opportunities,” said Industrial Systems Technology Instructor Todd Freshwater.
“The success of this program lies with our industry leaders, who are great to work with us in placing students in these paid apprenticeships. It’s exciting to see our students thrive in a professional work setting and earn practical experience that enhances their education and training,” said Snead State Director of Workforce Development Teresa Walker. “The Registered Apprenticeship Program is a unique opportunity that we hope continues to grow with the addition of more students and more industry partners.”
For more information about the Registered Apprenticeship Program, contact Dr. Randall at firstname.lastname@example.org or (256) 840-4166 or Ms. Walker at email@example.com or (256) 840-4211.