Juniors from all 10 public high schools in Frederick County attended the Frederick County Public Schools’ Youth Apprenticeship Summit earlier this month. The purpose of the summit was to promote opportunities for students to participate in the FCPS Youth Apprenticeship Program.
Secretary of Commerce Kelly Schulz, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and CEO Rick Weldon, Frederick Community College President Elizabeth Burmaster, and FCPS Superintendent Dr. Theresa Alban attended the summit, encouraging students to take advantage of career-preparation experiences. In its third year, the program pairs students with a mentor in their chosen field to provide valuable career training while students earn income and school credit. Several FCPS youth apprentices have received offers of full-time employment at the conclusion of their apprenticeships.
Secretary Schulz and Superintendent Alban recognized participating employers and apprentices for their dedication to the program and for helping to develop a skilled Frederick County workforce. Employers recognized included Alban CAT, All Around Plumbing, Ben Lewis Plumbing, Bopat Electric, Dustin Construction, Dynamic Automotive, Fountaindale Automotive, FCPS Technology and Communication Services departments, Frederick Memorial Hospital, Toothman Orthodontics, and Trivergent.
FCPS is accepting applications from students interested in starting youth apprenticeships for second semester. A list of all available positions is online at https://www.fcps.org/academics/apprentice-program.