February 8, 2018
SSU began its first apprenticeship program with two full-time students from SCCTC.
Shawnee State University partners with Scioto County Career Technical Center to create apprenticeships for students
Shawnee State University has partnered with the Scioto County Career Technical Center (SCCTC) to provide its students with the apprenticeships with SSU’s Department of Facilities, Planning & Construction.
Starting September 2017, SSU began its first apprenticeship program with two full-time students from SCCTC, Levi Conley and Cody Stapleton, as apprentices under the guidance of their mentor Brent Conley, SSU General Maintenance Mechanic.
The goal of the partnership is to create support and opportunities between the two institutions. The apprenticeship allows the SSU staff to train the students while they gain hands-on experience in their field.
“I think it’s beneficial for both parties. We get to teach these students what and how we operate and they are very eager to learn,” said Jeff McCallister, Maintenance & Operations Supervisor. “I came from the same background of having attended SCCTC, so it’s been very rewarding to be able to work with these students.”
Conley and Stapleton have been working on efficiency projects in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts where they changed all the outdated lighting. The switch uses 2/3 less wattage and reduces the carbon footprint.
Conley and Stapleton have completed 6 months of their 2-year apprenticeship program.
The partnership between SSU and SCCTC has recently been expanded to offer staff development opportunities to SSU’s Communications Workers of America bargaining unit employees. The overarching vision of the partnership is to provide SSU and the region with the next generation of maintenance professionals.