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     Apprenticeships are great opportunities for students to advance in the workforce after program completion. Adult Education’s HVAC and Electrical programs have apprenticeship opportunities available. 

     And with a growing need for industrial maintenance positions in the manufacturing industry locally, across the state and nationwide, the Maintenance program has been exploring those options as well.

     Thanks to a grant obtained through the Central Ohio Manufacturing Partnership (COMP) and overseen by Columbus State, the Maintenance apprenticeship program is one step closer to becoming a reality.

     Rhonda Lawless, Business Services coordinator, said the grant will allow Adult Education to develop existing staff members by helping them obtain necessary certifications to expand the program curriculum. 

     It will also help Adult Education gain the signatory employers necessary for our Maintenance program to achieve Registered Apprenticeship status by the state.

     The goal is to have students entering the apprenticeship program and beginning related instruction by spring.