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New class of apprentice students sign with local companies

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) – A dozen students from the St. Joseph School District and Savannah have a jump start on their careers thanks to the Northwest Missouri Registered Youth Apprenticeship Program. 

The students, from Benton, Central, Lafayette and Savannah High School, signed on as year-two apprentices during a ceremony Wednesday at Hillyard Technical Center.

The Registered Youth Apprenticeship Program connects students with local companies for a job shadow experience that shows students the opportunities available in St. Joseph. It also helps local companies fill jobs in high need, hard to fill areas.

"We are so excited about the addition of four new companies to our program and the tremendous support we have received from the Chamber of Commerce and business community," said Clara Liles, Hillyard Technical Center Career Counselor. "This effort in workforce development offers such an exciting opportunity to our students and partnering companies both, truly a win-win."

The participating business were on hand to meet the students and to visit with their parents about the opportunity ahead.

Congratulations to this year’s signing class, which includes the following students:

  • Kavan Slagle, SHS, Herzog, Welding
  • Bill Schreck, BHS, Hillyard, IT Generalist
  • Jordan Kerns, CHS, I & M, Precision Machining
  • Noah Vandever, LHS, I & M, Industrial Maintenance
  • Hunter Wineinger, BHS, I & M, Welding
  • O'Lyvia Carriger, CHS, I & M, Welding
  • Kaden Gillenwater, CHS, Lifeline, Industrial Maintenance
  • Drake Kass, CHS, Lifeline, Industrial Maintenance
  • Brent Davis, BHS, Reardon, Precision Machining
  • Logan Berger, SHS, Reardon, Precision Machining
  • Jaysen Williams, BHS, Schuetz, Industrial Maintenance
  • Ethan Wood, BHS, Triumph, Industrial Maintenance

The first-year apprentices also took part in the ceremony as they prepare to begin their second year of the program. Eleven of the 12 students who signed on last year have returned to continue the program.

"We are so proud of our 11 students moving into year two of their apprenticeship as well as the 12 new apprentices who have signed on," said Liles.

First class of apprentices

Learn more about the Regional Apprenticeship Program here.