IAMAW signs 10 students into Machinist Apprenticeship

IAMAW signs 10 students into Machinist Apprenticeship (Courtesy Photo)

MUSCLE SHOALS - The Northwest-Shoals Community College department of Workforce Solutions partnered with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) District 711, Local 65, to sign ten machinist apprentices into the second class of the Machinist Apprenticeship Program last week on the Shoals campus.

The IAMAW Machinist Apprenticeship Program at NW-SCC is a non-credit pathway to a challenging and well-paying career as a machinist for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and its partner contractors. Program apprentices will begin a four year training program that includes 1,200 hours of classroom training and 6,400 hours of on-the-job training. This is the second class of students to start this apprenticeship.

“It is so exciting to continue our partnership with IAMAW,” said NW-SCC President Dr. Glenda Colagross. “The investment they are making into these students will make a tremendous impact toward filling the skills gap in the machining industry.”

Apprentices take classes two nights a week at NW-SCC and work for the TVA Power Service Shop during the day.

According to Wendell Dean, administrator of the apprenticeship program, the program has been in the works for several years. “The IAMAW has been working toward an apprenticeship program for machinists for several years, and it is great to see it come to fruition and successful,” said Dean. “The first class was selected in December of last year and we hope this pipeline of machinists through Northwest-Shoals continues for many years to come”.


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