Cullman, Hanceville mayors sign proclamations celebrating National Apprenticeship Week

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Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail signed a proclamation this week, recognizing and celebrating National Apprenticeship Week, which is Nov. 11-15. Pictured with Nail are, from left, Christina Holmes, Wallace State’s Apprenticeship and Work Based Learning coordinator; Wallace State President Dr. Vicki Karolewics; Wallace State Machine Tool Technology Department Chair and instructor Gary McMinn; Wallace State student and Met-South apprentice Hunter Whitehead; Cathy Jesse from Met-South; and Wallace State Dean of Applied Technologies Dr. Jimmy Hodges.

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs and Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail each signed proclamations this week, recognizing Wallace State Community College and the fifth annual National Apprenticeship Week, which is Nov. 11-15.

Wallace State students Alan Castro and Hunter Byrams are apprentices at Reliance Worldwide Corporation in Cullman and joined Jacobs at Cullman City Hall for the signing.  

Wallace State student and Met-South apprentice Hunter Whitehead joined Nail at Hanceville City Hall.  

Wallace State has apprenticeship partnerships with multiple industries within the Cullman County area.

An apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable credential.

According to the Department of Labor, during the 2016 fiscal year, there were 500,000 active apprentices in more than 21,000 registered apprenticeship programs.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s Success Plus Initiative aims to add 500,000 credentialed employees to Alabama’s workforce by 2025 and establishing more apprenticeships is a component of that plan.

“National Apprenticeship Week is another opportunity for us to celebrate not only our apprentices and students, but our relationships with those businesses who are sponsoring our apprentices. We’re always in the business of celebrating those partnerships. A business finds the individual it wants to invest time and money into and grows them into a valuable asset for that company,” said Dr. Jimmy Hodges, Wallace State’s Dean of Applied Technologies.

For more information about National Apprenticeship Week, visit www.apprenticeship.gov/national-apprenticeship-week.

For more information about Wallace State, visit www.wallacestate.edu.

Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs presented Wallace State with a proclamation this week, recognizing and celebrating National Apprenticeship Week, which is Nov. 11-15. Pictured are Jamie Troutman, business development manager for the Cullman Economic Development Agency; Jamie Blackmon, Wallace State’s director of Workforce and Career Development; Christina Holmes, Wallace State’s Apprenticeship and Work Based Learning coordinator; Wallace State Dean of Applied Technologies Dr. Jimmy Hodges; Lisa Markey of Reliance Worldwide Corporation; Wallace State President Dr. Vicki Karolewics; Jacobs; Wallace State students and Reliance Worldwide Corporation apprentices Hunter Byrams and Alan Castro; Wallace State Mechatronics instructor Jerry Murcks; Susan Eller, project coordinator for the Cullman Economic Development Agency; Billy Troutman, Cullman Area Technology director; and Haynes Riddle, Cullman Area Technology’s Cooperative Education and Work Based Learning coordinator.