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CPI celebrates registered apprenticeships, new business partnerships at signing

Five students signed on to a registered apprenticeship with local businesses Tuesday at Career Pathways Institute. The Youth Registered Apprenticeship began in 2017 with Dramco Tool as the first business partner. On Tuesday, seven new area businesses committed to being partners in the apprenticeship program, bringing the total partnerships to 12.

Anderson Ford, Gary’s Quality Automotive, CNH Industrial, Roe Buick, Chief Fabrication, Standard Iron and Penrose Machining are the new partners for the apprenticeship program. The students who signed on to apprenticeships are: David Theesen with CNH Industrial, Parker Sargent with CNH Industrial, Brian Martinez Aguilar with CNH Industrial, Zane Puncochar with Penrose Machining, and Brandon Church with Gary’s Quality Automotive.

Along with the new business partnerships, CPI has added three new programs for apprenticeships: Automotive Service Technician, Industrial Manufacturing Technician, and Industrial Manufacturing Technician and Welding.

CPI’s apprenticeship program, which was the first in Nebraska, offers students unique experiences. Students work full-time during the summer with the business they signed with. During their senior year, they may choose to work full or part-time with the business. This leads to students having valuable and unique work experience, which many times leads to careers with the business partners. While giving students a valuable opportunity, the program also helps businesses find quality employees.

GIPS Superintendent Dr. Tawana Grover said through these experiences, students are more engaged in school and better prepared for their future.

“We are very fortunate to have our district's administration and business community committed to elevating the experiences we know our students need to be successful in the workforce,” Dr. Grover said. “It is critical to have industry leaders involved in the work. This resonates with research that continues to stress that the best way to prepare students for their future is to provide hands-on, real-world experiences.”

Scott Asmus, the Nebraska Department of Labor’s job training program coordinator for apprenticeships, and Nebraska Department of Labor Commissioner John Albin spoke at the signing event. Both credited GIPS, CPI and CPI Principal Dan Phillips for their hard work on the apprenticeship program.

“When I talk to people across the state, I tell them ‘if you want to do apprenticeships, talk to the folks in Grand Island’,” Albin said.

Lt. Governor Mike Foley also attended the signing event. He said the growing apprenticeship program is part of the solution to the national workforce shortage.

“You’re making great progress, and I’m proud of what you’re doing,” Foley said.

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