Students sign on with Continental as apprentices

Students sign on with Continental as apprentices
Posted on 06/06/2022
Morganton, NC – Friday, June 3, 2022

Burke County Public Schools hosted a special signing ceremony for students and parents Tuesday in partnership with Continental. Continental has added eight high school seniors to its apprenticeship program, which starts June 14. Five of the apprentices and their families visited BCPS Central Office for the signing ceremony.

Director of Career and Technical Education and Secondary Education Debbie Jennings said, “For years we have made a big deal about our student-athletes going off to continue their education and sports endeavors at colleges and universities, which is a great opportunity. And not to take anything away from them, but our students being offered opportunities with local business and industry that will help jumpstart their future is a big deal, too, and should be celebrated.”

Brad Silver, a manufacturing engineering manager with Continental, was on hand at Tuesday’s signing and reception. He welcomed the students to Continental, which started the apprenticeship program seven years ago. He told the students that by entering into this program, they are establishing a great two-year plan to set themselves on a course for earning money while working on degrees and certifications.

The students chosen to participate in the Continental apprenticeship program are:

  • Garren Bryan
  • Cameron Prewitt
  • Garrett HIldebran
  • Mason Brittain
  • Cole Dymora
  • Bryan Barrea
  • Misael Quinonez
Burke County Superintendent Dr. Mike Swan said, “Continental is one of this community’s top manufacturers who is helping change the mindset of what it means to work in a ‘factory.’ Our staff and students have had the opportunity to tour this state-of-the-art, automated facility which offers a clean and comfortable work environment. What an awesome opportunity it is for our students to become apprentices in this program and set themselves up for successful futures.”

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