Wiregrass Tech Recognizes Apprentice during National Apprenticeship Week

Staff Report

Friday, November 20th, 2020

Through the Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Apprenticeship Program, Coyote Manufacturing hired Welding student apprentice, Peyton Sapp. Peyton recently completed on-the-job training with Coyote and the related technical instruction from Wiregrass.  Coyote owners, David Money and Tony Lanier along with Wiregrass Tech’s Executive Director for Departmental Affairs and Apprenticeship Coordinator Nicole West presented Peyton with a United States Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship Certificate of Completion.

Peyton was awarded a technical certificate of credit in Flux Cored Arc Welder, Basic Shielded Metal Arc Weld, Gas Metal Arc Welder, Gas Tungsten Arc Welder, and Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welder; and a diploma in Welding & Joining Technology at Wiregrass.

The recognition was held during National Apprenticeship Week, November 9-13.  Wiregrass is proud to have partnerships with 15 employers who employ active student apprentices/program completers.  The apprenticeship program recently had three student apprentices to complete the program. To date the college has 38 student apprentices/program completers.  The apprenticeship program has proven to benefit business and industry in recruiting, training, and retaining highly skilled workers.  Partnering with the college in hiring students through the apprenticeship program has also shown a reduction in turnover costs, higher productivity, and a more diverse workforce. 

If your business would like to learn more about the apprenticeship program, please contact Nicole West.  She can be reached at nicole.west@wiregrass.edu, or by calling 229-333-2100 ext. 4837.  Wiregrass is currently accepting new students for Spring, classes start January 11.  To apply visit any campus or apply online at Wiregrass.edu.