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APPRENTICESHIP CATAWBA: WOW!

The newly-announced Apprenticeship Catawba program is aimed at helping local high school students work themselves into high-paying jobs.Technibilt, Sarstedt USA, Tenowo Nonwovens, GKN Sinter Metals and ZF Chassis Components have joined forces with Catawba Valley Community College as well as the North Carolina Department of Labor to offer four-year apprenticeships to high school seniors in Alexander, Catawba and Lincoln counties.What's an apprenticeship?More common in Europe, an apprenticeship is a paid learning position where the apprentice is mentored and supervised in developing an understanding and skills necessary to go to work for a company on a full-time basis.Under the Apprenticeship Catawba pathway, interested juniors in high school who meet the basic criteria go through a process with one of the five companies. That process includes various testing as well as on-location visits to help both student and company decide whether there is a fit.The program is for four years.