Student Apprenticeship Programs Open Doors to Manufacturing Jobs
Rebecca Lurye, Hartford Courant
Less then a year ago, Olivia Hernandez decided to transfer out of the high school where she’d missed months of class to suspensions for fighting and bad behavior. She turned to East Hartford’s Synergy Alternative High School, where she found support, direction, and an unexpected step up in a growing field: advanced manufacturing.
Hernandez, 18, is graduating this month with a pre-apprenticeship at AdChem Manufacturing Technologies Inc. (ACMT), a company that builds parts for aerospace company Pratt & Whitney. Pre-apprenticeship programs like ACMT's are a boon to local manufacturers, which rely on an array of workforce pipeline programs to fill open positions.