Two Alamance Community College students, accepted into the sixth Career Accelerator Program (CAP) class, signed formal agreements on August 11 with NC Works to begin working part-time as apprentices while continuing their studies at ACC.
The Career Accelerator Program (CAP) is a partnership of the College and Alamance-Burlington Schools, the Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce, and eight local manufacturing-based companies.
Student apprentices Jose Santos and Parker Duggins made it through an application and evaluation process which included visiting companies, meeting academic and attendance requirements, taking two classes at ACC, and working for six weeks as an intern in summer 2021.
The selection process is extensive to ensure companies and students are a good match because money investments are significant over the four-year period. The apprenticeship provides the students the opportunity to earn while they learn and the companies benefit by training and developing an employee to meet specific needs of their workforce.
Tuition and books at ACC are paid for by the company. At the end of the four years, an apprentice will have an Associate of Applied Science Degree in either Mechatronics Technology or Mechanical Engineering Technology; a Journeyman Certificate from the N.C. Department of Commerce; 6,400 hours of on-the-job training; a guaranteed job with the company; and no school debt.
Jose Santos is an apprentice at AKG, Inc. He is the company’s fourth apprentice through CAP. Parker Duggins is an apprentice at Elevate Textiles, a new industry partner in the program.
“This program is a great luxury for us to be able to tap into CAP,” said Luca Romano, Vice President of Operations at AKG, Inc. “We are the lucky ones to get these fine young apprentices and train them for our particular industry needs.”
Said Justin Snyder, Dean of Applied Engineering, Agriculture, and Skilled Trades, to the two new apprentices: “Our CAP program is growing because of you. We at ACC are here to support you while you juggle work, classes and homework as you go through this next stage of your lives.”
Jim Bryan, president of industry partner Fairystone Fabrics, serves as chair of the Career Accelerator Program in Alamance County. He recently conducted a Zoom recruiting call with seven area companies that have expressed interest in learning about CAP. Bryan said the goal is to add many more industry partners.