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MAC partnering with companies on apprenticeship program

PARK HILLS –Mineral Area College has been designated as a registered entity of apprenticeship programs for multiple occupations.

Thanks to a $67,000 grant from the Missouri Division of Workforce Development (part of the state’s Apprenticeship USA grant) MAC can now sponsor registered apprenticeship programs (RAPs), and it’s doing so now with Mondi in Jackson and Lee Mechanical in Park Hills.

Bev Hickam, MAC’s director of workforce development, said RAPs are a unique partnership between a business and, often, an educational entity like a community college or technical college. Participants in the apprenticeship program usually get on-the-job training and college credit simultaneously.

MAC helped Mondi develop the Standards of Apprenticeship for the two apprenticeship programs. MAC will also help recruit applicants, provide curriculum and training, maintain apprenticeship records, and serve as intermediary with other state and federal agencies.

Birdie LeGrand, training manager for Mondi, said she anticipates the partnership will have a solidifying effect on their present mentorship, internship and training efforts.

Hickam said Mondi’s apprenticeship programs range from two to three years. Participants enrolled in the program will get a minimum of 4,000 to 6,000 structured on-the-job training hours, 241 to 281 hours of related classroom instruction, 15 college credit hours, industry recognized credentials and pay increases based on their progression through the program. Completion results in a Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Certificate.

Career & Technical Education Dean Roger McMillian said the college is excited to be able to serve area employers by sponsoring registered apprenticeship programs.

“We look forward to working with additional employers who wish to establish registered apprenticeships within their companies,” he said.

In addition to Mondi’s two programs, another has been developed in partnership with Lee Mechanical, a full-service mechanical contractor in Park Hills, for the position “combination welder.”

The college’s workforce development department promotes economic opportunities and focuses on developing a skilled workforce for the region. Contact Bev Hickam, 573-518-2182 or bhickam@MineralArea.edu, for more information.

Thanks to a $67,000 grant from the Missouri Division of Workforce Development (part of the state’s Apprenticeship USA grant) Mineral Area College can now sponsor registered apprenticeship programs (RAPs), and it’s doing so now with Mondi in Jackson. Pictured with the certificate of designation are, from left: Dr. Steve Kurtz, president of Mineral Area College; Roger McMillian, dean of MAC’s Career & Technical Education Division; Wade Johnson, Wade Johnson, Apprenticeship & Training Representative, U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship; and Bev Hickam, director of Workforce Development at Mineral Area College.

Thanks to a $67,000 grant from the Missouri Division of Workforce Development (part of the state’s Apprenticeship USA grant) Mineral Area College can now sponsor registered apprenticeship programs (RAPs), and it’s doing so now with Mondi in Jackson. Pictured with the certificate of designation are, from left: Dr. Steve Kurtz, president of Mineral Area College; Roger McMillian, dean of MAC’s Career & Technical Education Division; Wade Johnson, Wade Johnson, Apprenticeship & Training Representative, U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship; and Bev Hickam, director of Workforce Development at Mineral Area College.

Thanks to a $67,000 grant from the Missouri Division of Workforce Development (part of the state’s Apprenticeship USA grant) Mineral Area College can now sponsor registered apprenticeship programs (RAPs), and it’s doing so now with Lee Mechanical in Park Hills. Pictured with the certificate of designation are, from left: Dr. Steve Kurtz, president of Mineral Area College; Roger McMillian, dean of MAC’s Career & Technical Education Division; Bev Hickam, director of Workforce Development at Mineral Area College; and Wade Johnson, Wade Johnson, Apprenticeship & Training Representative, U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship.

Thanks to a $67,000 grant from the Missouri Division of Workforce Development (part of the state’s Apprenticeship USA grant) Mineral Area College can now sponsor registered apprenticeship programs (RAPs), and it’s doing so now with Lee Mechanical in Park Hills. Pictured with the certificate of designation are, from left: Dr. Steve Kurtz, president of Mineral Area College; Roger McMillian, dean of MAC’s Career & Technical Education Division; Bev Hickam, director of Workforce Development at Mineral Area College; and Wade Johnson, Wade Johnson, Apprenticeship & Training Representative, U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship.

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