Frederick County Public Schools and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) recognized the first local Youth Apprenticeship Maryland program participants at a breakfast event Friday, May 19 at Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant. Labor Secretary Kelly Schultz, FCPS Superintendent Dr. Theresa Alban, Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lynne Gilli and FCPS Supervisor of Career and Technology Education Dr. Kristine Pearl commended participating employers and students for their involvement in the pilot program’s first year.
Youth Apprenticeship Maryland provides high school juniors and seniors with academic and occupational skills leading to a high school diploma and a State Skill Certificate. The program is a partnership involving the MDLLR, MSDE, Department of Commerce, FCPS, community educational and business partners, and area employers. It is offered only in Frederick and Washington counties during the pilot years. Frederick County will continue into year two of the pilot program.
The program gives Maryland businesses a unique opportunity to train, influence and shape high school students into top-performing employees. Eligible employers may hire Youth Apprenticeship Maryland participants in career-track occupations in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and manufacturing fields. “Earn and learn” opportunities provide student apprentices with paid compensation. Students also receive training in employability skills, interpersonal/social skills and general knowledge of the world of work.
The following students received DLLR certificates for successful completion of 450 hours of on-the-job training: Justin Elliott and Joshua Plunkett from Linganore High, Jacob Frizzell and Timothy Grenier from Oakdale High, Suzanne Hawkins from Brunswick High and Steven Swift from Tuscarora High. Justin, Jacob, Timothy and Steven served their apprenticeships for the Frederick Memorial Hospital Regional Health System; Suzanne was an apprentice at In-Sul Tech, and Joshua served his apprenticeship at Phoenix Mercano.
To learn more about the program, please visit: www.fcps.org/academics/apprentice-program. Employers may apply to participate at: http://www.doit.state.md.us/selectsurvey/EligibleEmployer