8-25-2021 – CCC&TI welcomes first apprenticeship student

Posted on: August 25th, 2021 by admin


August 25, 2021



By Carmen Boone cboone@newstopicnews.com

Aug 24, 2021


Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute launched its new apprenticeship program on Tuesday.


Apprenticeship Caldwell is a program that provides students with on-the-job experience while they are still taking classes.


To celebrate the launch, CCC&TI held a signing ceremony where Taylor Ray Hood signed on to be an apprentice at pharmacuetical maker Exela Pharma Sciences in Lenoir, making him the first student participating in the program.


“I wanted to work at Exela to begin with,” Hood said. “I’m excited just being here.”


Beni Kincaid, Exela’s director of human resources said, “We picked a really good one. Having people coming in with a taste (of the job) is beneficial. The sky is the limit now.”


Apprenticeship Caldwell is an amazing opportunity for students, said Rick Shew, director for continuing education and workforce development at CCC&TI, who is heading the program.


“A lot of our industries are struggling to find employees, especially those with the skill sets they need. This is a way of connecting students with those companies early on, so they can begin building those skill sets,” he said.


CCC&TI President Mark Poarch told Hood, “This is going to pave the way for your success and your future.”


Reporter Carmen Boone can be reached at 828-610-8723

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