Continental selects student apprenticeships

(Front, from left) Apprentices Bryson Lockee, William Ward and James Helton. (Back, from left) Sr. Engineer Brad Silver; N.C. Department of Commerce Field Supervisor – Apprenticeship Dale Yarborough; CBS Manager Vincent Wilson.

Morganton— Three local high school students recently earned full-time positions with Continental Corporation’s Morganton operations as part of the company’s student apprenticeship program.

The three, which include students from McDowell and East Burke High School, were selected from an interview screening and testing process, called an apprenticeship orientation, with 10 students held on the campus of Continental’s main plant in Morganton.

This is the second apprenticeship orientation held specifically for the Continental Apprenticeship in Morganton. Selected as apprentices were: William Ward (McDowell); Bryson Lockee (East Burke); and James Helton (East Burke).

By selection to Continental’s Apprenticeship Program, these students will receive a full-time job, on-the-job training, a debt-free associate’s degree and a North Carolina Department of Commerce Journeyman’s Certificate.

“We are pleased with the development of Apprenticeship Continental”, said Vincent Wilson, Continental business systems manager in Morganton. “We initially started our program in three counties, but have since expanded, and are now offering our apprenticeship to students in six counties. This is a great opportunity for students who live in the surrounding areas, who meet the eligibility requirements and are mechanically inclined. It is our long-range goal to continue Apprenticeship Continental as part of our recruitment process for talented and motivated individuals, allowing more students the opportunity to compete for these positions with our company.”

One of Continental’s corporate community guidelines is to maintain continued support to the area’s education system and its students through various programs, scholarships and other efforts.

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