Scottsbluff High School and 21st Century Equipment held a U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Signing Ceremony Thursday morning.
Representatives from the Department of Labor, 21st Century Equipment, Scottsbluff Schools, WNCC, Nebraska Department of Economic Development and other local agencies were in attendance for the signing.
21st Century Equipment will be the second employer in Western Nebraska to partner with Scottsbluff High School in order to create a Youth Registered Apprenticeship after Aulick Industries began an apprenticeship program last year that has proven to be successful.
SHS Principal Mike Halley said that apprenticeship is going very successfully, and is hoping this announcement will attract more kids that may be interested. Halley says they just want to do everything they can to provide the best opportunities for their students to succeed.
21st Century’s aftermarket vice president Wayne Brozek told KNEB News there is a huge shortage of technicians nationwide, and the demand right now is great.
Brozek says the skills and the technical training are offering very rewarding careers now. He says there is great satisfaction in being a tradesman, and there is great financial rewards as well. Brozek says they pay extremely well in the trades compared with two decades ago.
This is an Industrial Manufacturing Technician and Diesel Mechanic Apprenticeship with 21st Century available for Juniors and Seniors in the Skilled and Technical Sciences or Ag, Food, and Natural Resources Academy and extends after graduation into post-secondary training.
Students complete a sequence of courses at the Junior and Senior level aligned to the Apprenticeship program and a senior year internship with 21st Century.
The program then extends to Diesel Mechanic School and continued internship with 21st Century until the Certification is obtained.