American Graduate Training and Apprenticeships


West Virginia public
broadcasting takes a look at training and
apprenticeships in West Virginia for American
Graduate getting to work this project is sponsored
by a grant from the Corporation for
Public Broadcasting West Virginia Public
Broadcasting’s American graduate getting to
work initiative has been looking to highlight
pathways to jobs that require skilled training
but maybe not a four-year degree in the next half
hour we’ll explore some of the programs
we’ve encountered I’m William Mentzer this
is John Marshall High School and our program
is called Marshall County machine the program name
and the course description is machine tool
technologies the students learn how to make
precision parts with precision machineries
using vertical mills and metal lathes and
things of that nature well today we’re working
on this thing called air motors it’s a motor that
you can hook up to an air compressor and it’s small
and runs off air something very intricate and cool even more than being a
machinist is how to be an employee you got to be on
time you got to come to work every day you got
to do as you’re asked and they don’t understand that
they understand it by the time they leave but they
don’t understand that coming in every single
year since I’ve been here we’ve been able to place
kids in machine shops right out of high school
every kid that wanted to be a machinist and they
don’t all want to be but every kid that wanted to
be a machinist got the job public high schools in
West Virginia have become leaders in simulated
workplace education kids completing what are called
Career and Technical Education or CTE programs
graduate high school college and career-ready
having earned certifications and
college credits simulated workplace programs often
create company names kids have uniforms they clock
in every day just like they would at a real job
they can also get fired West Virginia leads the
nation with simulated workplace we include drug
testing we stress the importance of attendance
show up test clean those are the two biggest
things we’re hearing from industry that’s
what they need this is the Wetzel County
Tech Center our welding game is stepped up from
just plate welding to pipe welding two different
processes of welding to flux-core to MIG to TIG
we’ve got new machinery updated machinery we’ve
got abilities for the students to make projects
signs fireplaces trailers log splitters this shop
is fully equipped to make anything we want to do as
a work simulated project we have a 5 by 10 CNC
plasma machine this machine is definitely the
ornamental side of welding our students have learned
how to use different programs to design what
you would want perhaps it’s a sign and you want a
silhouette with your name this is our plasma cutter
it runs off of a program Inkscape to make the
drawing then you put it into Sheetcam where you
set the thickness of the metal and how it wants
to cut it like because there’s a beveller and
a plasma cutter so you could choose which one
you want this is our logo we’ve made here out at
the center so first it should cut in the inside
and go around and cut it out it’s also going
to cut that inside right now in this area the
jobs are booming with the oil and gas industry they
need welders we have a lot of construction trades
around here a lot of new projects going up with
cracker plants coal-fired furnace plants projects
repairs the coal mining has a lot of industry
working in it for welding with the repairs of the
equipment which requires MIG welding and pipe
fitting a lot of a lot of these construction trades
around here are taking apprenticeship programs
they offer those for these kids to get into I’ve
have always wanted to be a welder since I was five
or six you could need a welder at 3:00 in the
morning to weld a piece of pipe that burst through
the night or fix something like that and I’ve seen
the opportunities you could have with it
so I won’t with it we hope that these kids
will leave here with jobs or the ability to get
a job or the ability to open up their own
business or the ability to carry on at a trade
school and continue on in so far they’re proving
that they can and they are some high school programs
start the simulated workplace experience by
making students apply to get into the programs my name is Macie Johnson
and this is the nursing program at John Marshall
High School your sophomore year you can do what we
call medical terminology we learn about all the
abbreviations and stuff like that and then you can
actually interview to get into this program only 20
people can get in and once you get the interview and
if you get in you start your junior year and like
I said we learn all the human body systems and
then senior year we go to clinicals at Good Shepherd
nursing home that’s for a whole semester we do four
days of clinicals and then after we do clinicals we
have a little more study time our second semester
and then we take our tests our therapeutic services
program our CNA program certified nursing
assistant program we have two instructors there the
dilemma is we typically have anywhere from 35 to
45 students that want in it and we can only
take twenty it’s very competitive its
competitive again in all these programs the equipment used in CTE
programs today is usually what the students will use
in the workforce this not only prepares them for the
job it also gives them a leg up with
potential employers the kids are getting a lot
of hands-on multi camera production experience the
students are and in charge of the entire production
from directing technical directing camera operating
audio lights the they do it all I’m floor director and I
run the teleprompter out in the field I do
photography as well as still photography I went
into his program because I was interested in the
camera work and I got to learn more about all the
different types of cameras like DSLRs video camera
stuff like that and when I graduate I want to
be a photographer or videographer or work
behind the scenes in a newsroom most cosmetology programs
offer services to the public which is kind of
a win-win students get a real-world experience and
the public usually gets pretty good deal my name is Erin Brown you
are at the Mercer County vocational school and
Princeton West Virginia this is the cosmetology
department we learn esthetics which is skin
care and we learn how to be nail technicians we
also learn hair the public can come in and we offer
all the services here we do facials we do pedicures
manicures hair anything with hair updos perms and
we do nails all that this is an adult program and a
program for high schoolers as well as adults it’s
about a two-year program high schoolers will come
for a three-year term they’ll come and do the
hair as an adult once we graduate we’ll be licensed
cosmetologist for the state of West Virginia
but we will be a licensed aesthetician which is
skin care licensed nail technician and licensed
hairstylist this program is opened up a lot of
opportunity for for this area for myself included
it’s just it’s a great program we have great
instructors we have we have great administrators
at the school it’s just it’s a fantastic
place to be many aerospace CTE
programs are designed to be solid foundations for
further education in such a highly technical
field it can really give students a head start
on college credits my name is Madison Dye
we’re at aerospace were in aerospace 2 right now
we’re building our RC planes and at the moment
we have the propeller running and we’re
connecting it to this part to make it fly we if we
take airspace 1 2 3 & 4 then we can graduate with
about 12 to 15 college credits and then we
can do like different certifications and it’ll
help us whenever we go if we go into the
engineering field for aerospace we’re
building a plane like an RC airplane out of mainly
foam right now we’re working on this servo
because the servo is what’s gonna control the
wiring so it moves the flight control surfaces
which orients it whenever we’re flying it and as
we’re adding all the components to it we
have to think about the placement of them so the
weight distribution is right right so we’re
trying to orient it to where it’s up here mainly right now I am flying
a King Air A350 from Charleston Yeager
Airport to Raleigh County Memorial Airport one of
the junior level projects that you do is you create
a flight plan to fly in the simulator I am Kim Cortines
and I teach aerospace engineering at Oak Hill
High School it’s grades 9 10 11 and 12 and today
the ninth graders are launching their rockets
they’re getting to use a lot of the skills that
they’ve been working on all year they’ve learned
to CAD at the beginning of the year so they will be
using those cading skills on the nose cones inside
their nose cone it has to be hollowed out because
they’re carrying a payload as though they’re bringing
supplies to a space station astronauts
everyone has the same amount of weight in their
nose cones they will take measurements outside and
when we come back we’ll use trigonometry to
see how high everyone’s rockets went it’s a
really great curriculum the kids get a taste of
lots of different parts of engineering you know
electrical engineering mechanical engineering
aerospace engineering the 3d design even could
go into biomedical engineering so they
get a taste of a lot of different parts of
engineering I started off as a math teacher that is
my core content area and I did not know a whole
lot about CTE to be honest with you I mean I knew
that there were kids taking auto mechanics and
I knew we had kids taking welding but I didn’t
really I didn’t really understand it and I think
that CTE is an excellent option for kids these
kids are using rigorous math skills rigorous
science skills and they’re in groups everyday
like the real world is it’s a great class
to teach it really is as graduation approaches
high school programs will invite employers from all
kinds of industries to meet students as
possible hires we’re at JD RCC right now
for the reverse job fair my name is Charly Gibson
and this is Sierra Lonkert where are already CNAs
a lot of the places are having sign-on bonuses
where you get a thousand dollars you get five
hundred of it whenever you start and then six months
later you get another five hundred there is such high demand
that people are like raising their
pay to get people today what we’re doing is
for the first time ever we are hosting a series of
reverse job fairs across the state where we are
having business folks come in and get to talk to
the students that are interested in full-time
employment after graduation see the
equipment that we have here and just really get
to know the students in the Career Center to make
those connections moving forward today here at JD
are for registration we’ve got probably close
to about 40 different business folks that are
here today talking with our students to talk about
the job opportunities to stay here in the state
we’re working very closely with the Department of
Commerce to ensure that all of our technical
programs are aligned to meet business and industry
needs here in the state today what I would’ve never known
about half of these places yeah we didn’t even want
to do this because we both have jobs but they already
offered us better money than we are
making now yeah reverse job fairs are
beyond my expectations we had the idea because we
were having a disconnect between employers finding
smart and intelligent employees and people that
could fill their jobs the way they needed and our
students being able to find jobs in West Virginia
too many of them were leaving our state so we
came up with the idea what if we took it upon
ourselves to reverse the job fairs and bring the
employers in to speak to our young people and let
them make the connection there and it has been
beyond our expectations we came today in hopes of
interacting with possible candidates for multiple
workforce openings within our company potential
employees obviously we’d like to have them be
trained and familiar with the type of work that we
do and have a skill set that would enhance
productivity the norm has been oh you need to go to
college you need to go to college not anymore
there’s opportunities in businesses such as ours
to where you know you can well exceed double the
median household income just with one individual
working so and you don’t have to go to
college for that learn and earn programs
are also becoming more popular whether
it’s a formal union apprenticeship program or
one developed through work initiatives students
are getting foundational courses in a classroom
and then are being paid to learn on the job the wooden poles can be up
to 120 feet towers can be 150 to 250 feet and
sometimes they’re higher than that today’s our last day
training before we got on learn to earn for 16
weeks we’ve been climbing practicing and learning
all the ins and outs of pole climbing line work
for the past eight weeks my name is Mike King and
we’re at Bridge Valley Community and Technical
College in the Montgomery campus and I’m the
instructor for the utility line service program it is
teaching people to climb poles tame their CDL Class
A driver’s license they also learned to run some
pieces of heavy equipment a mini excavator a skid
steer and a backhoe they also get their OSHA 10 and
some other qualifications that our employers have
asked us to add to the program while you’re in the
eight-week course here you’ll get your
certifications in pole climbing you’ll get your
certification in bucket rescue and pole top
rescue you’ll also obtain your CDL Class A driver’s
permit too and then once you go on to earn and
learn you’ll be put into an apprentice program and
then move up through the ranks and then as you
move up through the ranks you’ll actually become a
full-time journey lineman the ultimate goal is
to become a journeyman lineman at the end of
your apprenticeship apprenticeships for this
type of work it definitely helps you a lot whenever
you go to the interview for an employer possibly
for a full-time job and you say hey I’ve been
doing this for 16 weeks or however long I’ve got
experience and you might name off a couple
significant jobs you’ve done it definitely looks
good on your resume yeah we have a learn and
earn program for this 16 weeks the next 16 weeks of
this program this is a way for the student to earn
some money while they’re going to school it also
gives the employer a chance to see how well is
this student going to fit in with their workforce
right now we’re probably at 95% the folks that go
to work for an employer stay with that employer a lineman’s to pretty much
restore power build new power lines any new
structures there to run electric to them storms
do storm work to restore power I mean anytime it’s
electrical needs we’re there to help it
out and fix it we need to recruit more
young folks and we need to start that at an earlier
earlier age the salary for a journeyman lineman is up
somewhere close to $50 an hour right now and there’s
bunches of overtime most folks come through this
program in three years they’ll make a hundred
thousand a year Union training is based in
a long-standing tradition where experienced workers
pass knowledge on to apprentices apprentices
are then paid on a sliding scale as their
knowledge grows Wheeling’s a typical
rust-bucket town the heart of steel country and you
know we we retrofitted lots and lots of older
buildings but until the gas and oil industry took
off in the surplus of money coming in from that
industry we hadn’t had a lot of downtown investment
in the Wheeling area and now we’re seeing that my
name is Cory Dornon I’m a member of laborers Local
11:49 in Wheeling West Virginia and I work at the
laborers training center in Mineral Wells West
Virginia we train our next generation of laborers to
make a living out on the construction sites that we
have in West Virginia and the surrounding areas well we’re trained to do
every aspect of what we may be faced with out
there I’ve got a list of certifications since
I started in this from concrete and the
scaffolding and I’m doing hoisting and rigging this
week the first year was very informative that’s
when the pipeline qualifications
came into play gas and oil related
pipeline work right now is why a lot of people are
coming in but they’re finding out very quickly
when they come in we do a lot more than
just pipeline you have to start out in
your first year which is like concrete and a little
bit of scaffolding and just your basic skills
that you’re going to need out on the job and then
when you get to your second year that’s
whenever you learn the more crucial part of what
it is that you are going to be doing or could do
that type of stuff and then you got your
journeyman status and then that puts you out in the
field to where you can do things on your own and
people trust you to do those type of jobs the way our apprenticeship
works once we get out of our classes we get right
to work and they’ll put us right out there with
the journeyman so we have the classroom aspect of
the apprenticeship and then we’re right there
working with experienced people who have been doing
this and they do provide a dorm facility and meals
and if you had all of your training in then you
graduated and became a journeyman and then you
were starting to invest in the people coming
through behind you becoming a journeyman it
means that you pretty much worked your butt off and
learned all these skills in order for you to go out
into the field and build things most of these
apprenticeship programs carry college credit with
them so even if you do decide you want to go
to college later you’ve already funded yourself
with a nice wage and a trade that you can always
use to provide for you and your family there are
pre-apprenticeship programs that will train
students in multiple fields as well as help
with the application process to get them into
an actual apprenticeship one such program is
geared to help women get certified in
different trades West Virginia women work
has been around for about 20 years we started in
Morgantown and have grown since then we’ve added
the classroom here in Charleston we have another
construction class in Wheeling and we have two
advanced manufacturing classes in Huntington and
in Bridgeport I am the program coordinator for
the step-up for women construction training
programs we are a program of West Virginia women
work step up for women is a pre-apprenticeship
construction training program that trains women
in three areas carpentry plumbing and electrical
during the class they learned their trades with
hands-on applications but also during the class they
are trained in their soft skills which is resume
writing interview skills interview boards as well
as communication and other soft skills that will make
finding employment easier so you’ve made
this a quarter long we are learning carpentry
like to build picnic tables and sheds and stuff
and we also learn plumbing and electric I’m hoping
to go into apprenticeship program to try to get
my license trying to get certified I hope to go
into the like finishing part of construction like
going into houses and fixing them up and stuff a pre-apprenticeship gets
them ready teaches them about an apprenticeship it
teaches them what they’ll be doing and what’s
expected out of them we’re just setting them up
for success within the apprenticeship you can show her how to do
the corner how that needs to happen at both ends the thing that I like
about apprenticeships is is you do get paid while
you’re learning each year that you’ve been there so
much classroom time is so much work time you get a
little bit more money a year and you can really
make a lot in the trades I’ve always kind of been
interested in carpentry hands-on and they train
you and construction plumbing and electrical to
be able to have that power of saying I have a career
it’s solid and that’s what I’ll be doing for the
rest of my life this is great our graduates have pursued
careers in the Carpenters Union Millwrights Union
plumber pipe fitters residential construction
companies paving companies we’ve had students start
their own businesses Ironworkers IBEW they’ve
really have their fingers and a lot in the
state of West Virginia many Community and
Technical College’s are working directly with
employers to prepare students for employment
some of the programs have an on-the-job component
where students are paid to learn diesel mechanics are hard
to find I try to find them we’re growing rapidly
and you can’t find them anywhere Bridge Valley
approached me with hey we have an opportunity to
give you an intern will pay half their wage and
they can work up to 40 hours a week so as a
business owner it was obviously a great choice I just finished my first
year at Bridge Valley and then I have one more year
left and then I’ll receive my degree in diesel
technology with the applied science this is
my internship here at Russell’s it’s very nice
to be getting paid and to learn everyday people
coming in with different issues you know I get to
see different diagnosis and you know they can only
offer you so much at a school but they offer us
a lot there a really nice foundation to go off of
but whenever you come here you know it’s everything
it’s everything from semis to little cars the pattern of the old
days of just coming to a job and working the same
thing for 40 years in return I think it’s
definitely changed technology has evolved
everything so in diesel mechanics and trades now
there’s always room to grow there are many
opportunities in West Virginia for career
training navigating career paths though can be
overwhelming at times workforce West Virginia is
there to help connect the dots Workforce West Virginia
is your one-stop shop for anything training or
employment related we are the state’s unemployment
insurance benefit provider but we also provide
various workforce development services
funded through the Department of Labor
someone can come in and get assistance with
finding a job with training with Career
Exploration if you’re looking for a job and need
a place to start come see us if you’re if you’re
working somewhere and want something better come
see us that’s that’s what we’re here for when I got out of the army
I was driving up back up here to move back to West
Virginia from Texas and as I was driving on the way
home I seen a billboard that actually had a
lineman school on it I started looking up lineman
schools and seeing what it was all about and then I
stumbled across a bridge valley’s program and then
it said it went through the workforce so I got a
hold of the workforce and got more information on it
and then before I knew it I was in the course
and ready to go workforce West Virginia
does have some specific programs for veterans of
course veterans receive priority of service on all
training dollars and jobs that come into our
system but we also have specialized staff that
work with veterans workforce West Virginian
has been great to work with they provide some
of the funding for the students and they actually
they do some of the advertising they actually
send some folks to us that want to be students come into our offices
we have a lot of online resources to do Career
Exploration and really look at what the
up-and-coming jobs are and what training that
requires and see if we can link that up with the
interests of the student and try to get a career
path going whether it be through Career and
Technical Education or Community College we can
explore apprenticeships opportunities or applying
for funding through the Workforce Innovation and
Opportunity Act in-demand occupations anything
you know anything in the healthcare field ranging
from x-ray technicians clear up through
phlebotomy LPNs RNs dental assistants HVAC
electricians even the hospitality industry
there’s a lot of demand in that in the service
industry across the state in the northern part of
the state north-central West Virginia there’s a
big trend with oil and gas there’s definitely a need
for individuals who are interesting going in going
into the the natural gas field Manufacturing is
really big in the Eastern Panhandle there are a lot
of jobs we have more jobs available than we have
people to fill jobs today’s workers need
advanced skills we know we have the work ethic
built into our community fortunately people are
stepping up and thinking outside of the box to help
create pathways to that workforce hopefully people
will be able to take advantage of the
opportunities in the state and together we can
revitalize West Virginia this project is sponsored
by a grant from the Corporation for
Public Broadcasting