Apprenticeship Program Benefits Aircraft Carrier's Sailors

ATLANTIC OCEAN, Aug. 15, 2017 — For many sailors, the military is great for on-the-job training. They work around the clock throughout the ship in different technical fields ranging from welding to photography.

With the United Service Military Apprenticeship Program, service members can attain tangible proof to show their next employer how much experience they gained working in their various fields aboard a ship.

More students sign on with Georgia’s ‘German apprentice’ program

It’s still tiny but Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle's program to grow Georgia’s skilled workforce with German-style apprenticeships is now in its second year.

The Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training started this time last year with six high school sophomores. On Monday, another 21 signed their intent to complete the dual-enrollment program. They’ll earn a diploma, an associate’s degree, an industrial mechanic’s credential and maybe even a job with their mentor.

“This guy, in five or 10 years, could be the backbone of my company,” said John Michalewicz, a senior manager at a Newnan plant that makes construction wheel loaders.