CPCC, Apprenticeship Charlotte students recognized at NCWorks’ Apprenticeship Conference Oct. 4

last modified Oct 10, 2016 10:18 AM

CPCC students Toyana McKinney of Kannapolis, N.C., and Casey Weir of Waxhaw, N.C., were honored for their dedication, eagerness and respect for their career and industry at the N.C. Apprenticeship Conference, hosted by NCWorks, on Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. in Greensboro, N.C.

During the event, McKinney was recognized with the organization’s Outstanding Pre-Apprenticeship Award, and Weir received the Outstanding Apprenticeship Award. Both individuals participate in Apprenticeship Charlotte, an innovative effort that connects talented students to local employers.

Apprenticeship Charlotte offers students and its participating organizations outstanding opportunities. Students are able to earn an associate degree, diploma or certificate and receive on-the-job skills training, while companies are able to establish a talent pipeline for their workforce. The goal is to make apprenticeships more flexible to meet employer needs and provide shorter experiences to address critical workforce needs.

McKinney, a U.S. veteran, is part of the Building with our Veterans pre-apprentice program with Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement and is serving as an inspector trainee. The paid training is 999 hours over the course of one year. During that time, McKinney is learning about code inspection regulations and developing an understanding of the construction site. She will complete the eight-course Building Code Inspector Certificate through CPCC in December 2016 and will be eligible to apply for any available full-time positions with the Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement team at that time.

Earlier this year, Weir completed the Study and Work Abroad as an Apprentice! program, a three-month program sponsored by the German Language and Cultural Foundation. Comprised of one month of language study and three months of on-the-job training, the program allows participants to earn college credit for their time in Germany, while remaining an employee of the U.S.-based company where they serve as an apprentice and earn a regular paycheck. Weir works for groninger USA, LLC, which has locations in Germany and a headquarters in Charlotte. As an apprentice, Weir customizes machines for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry, plus takes classes at CPCC to complete his associate degree in Mechatronics Engineering Technology

“CPCC is proud of both Toyana and Casey. Participation in Apprenticeship Charlotte is challenging, and they both shine as role models of the program,” said Jill Lutz, executive director, Skills Initiative for CPCC. “The college’s employer partnership with groninger USA, LLC, and Mecklenburg County’s Code Enforcement division is a testament to addressing talent needs in a unique way.”

For more information about Apprenticeship Charlotte, visit cpcc.edu/workplacelearning/Apprenticeships. To learn more about CPCC’s study abroad programs, visit cpcc.edu/academics/global-learning.