Johnston Community College is pleased to now offer apprenticeship opportunities for students seeking careers in applied engineering.

Twelve students have been selected in the first consortium of apprentices and will be paid to work and take classes toward their associate in applied engineering degree. Caterpillar, CMC Electric and Novo Nordisk are the participating employers who chose the first class of apprentices.

Pictured from left are Caterpillar apprentices David Linder, Kendra Ebach, and Mikhael Breault; CMC Electric apprentice Craig Ransom, and Novo Nordisk apprentices Olivia Moore and Rachel Atwell.

Apprentices take a part-time or full-time schedule of classes at JCC and work 32 to 40 hours a week at their company gaining entry-level work experience. At the end of three years, the apprentices will have earned hundreds of hours of on-the-job training, a nationally-recognized credential, and a guaranteed position with the company. Tuition and fees are paid for by ApprenticeshipNC and textbooks are paid for by the participating companies.

The college celebrated the new program with an official signing day on Aug. 22 for the apprentices.

Mikhael Breault is one of five apprentices at Caterpillar. He said he was tremendously grateful for the college and the companies who have invested in his education and job training.

“We really should be celebrating JCC and all of these great companies here because they are ensuring the future of America,” he said. “Now we’re getting the best of both worlds because we’re getting our job experience, money for working and our degree all at the same time.”

The following students are chosen apprentices: Mikhael Breault of Fuquay Varina, Jonathon Brinkley of Garner, Kendra Ebach of Garner, Dylan Gould of Clayton, David Linder of Princeton, Craig Ransom of Clayton, Will Dickerson of Smithfield, Derel Frazier of Selma, Kavante Johnson of Four Oaks, Austin Boswell of Kenly, Rachel Atwell of Garner, and Olivia Moore of Benson.

Currently, the apprentice program focuses on applied engineering careers, but the college hopes to partner with other local industry and expand the program in more curriculum areas.

JCC plans to start recruiting future apprentices this year in Johnston County high schools.

For more information about apprenticeship opportunities at JCC, please contact Shante Bell at (919) 219-1352 or John Parrish at (919) 209-2082.