Community Living | Coupon | Police Scanner | E-News Signup | Archives | Merchant Directory | Dining Guide
Have a HOT TIP? Call 704-276-6587 Or E-mail us At LH@LincolnHerald.net
Advanced Search
Lincoln Herald | Lincolnton, NC


home : community : community July 26, 2021

5/13/2021 9:54:00 PM
Apprenticeship 321 Recognized for Excellence
Jill Hendrix with the award 
Jill Hendrix with the award 
Dr. Dennis McElhoe, co-founder of Apprenticeship 321All photos courtesy of Gaston College
Dr. Dennis McElhoe, co-founder of Apprenticeship 321

All photos courtesy of Gaston College

Lincoln Herald Staff
lh@lincolnherald.net


Apprenticeship 321 was the first North Carolina community college-based apprenticeship program when it was launched in 2015. It is a consortium of local businesses and municipal agencies offering apprenticeships. Program participants receive job-specific training and a cost-free education from Gaston College while simultaneously being paid by their employers.

It was named as the 2021 Outstanding Apprenticeship Partner at the Apprenticeship North Carolina Awards ceremony held recently as a teleconference event.

Jill Hendrix is the college’s director of apprenticeships and work-based learning. Hendrix extolled the efforts of those behind the Apprenticeship 321 program.

“I am so excited, thankful and humbled by this recognition,” she said. “It takes a village to run an apprenticeship program, and we have so many awesome people who are a part of Apprenticeship 321. From all the Gaston College staffers and faculty––both past and present––that we get to work with, to the high school CTE (career and technical education) co-ordinators and teachers, Apprenticeship NC, our community partners and, of course, the partner companies and the current and graduate apprentices, we are beyond blessed to be a part of this extraordinary program that so positively affects the students and employees, their families and the companies for which they work.”

Dr. George Hendricks, the associate dean of career and technical education, and Tanya Osbia, the Apprenticeship 321 success coach, are also members of the program’s leadership team. Virgil Cox, who was the dean of engineering and industrial technologies before retiring two years ago, was also instrumental in the program’s development.

“I’m proud to be a part of the team that has made Apprenticeship 321 such a success and earned this well-deserved recognition,” said Hendricks. “When Virgil Cox and I first conceived the idea of creating an apprenticeship consortium to serve the industries and students in our community in 2013, we could only dream of the positive impact it would have. This award shows that dream has become a reality through the hard work of so many great people at Gaston College.”

Apprenticeship321 was co-founded by Dr. Dennis McElhoe, the former vice president for economic and work force development, who retired from Gaston College last year. Upon hearing of the recognition for the program, McElhoe said he was pleased.

“I was very happy to learn that Apprenticeship 321 was recognized as the 2021 Outstanding Apprenticeship Partner,” he said. “This recognition is a testament to the work of Gaston College’s faculty and staffers in their efforts to assist the region’s employers in developing a world-class work force. It is also a testament to the effective partnerships established with regional employers over the years since the program’s founding in their combined effort to provide the citizens of Gaston and Lincoln counties with exceptional educational opportunities that result in highly respected and well-paid careers.”

McElhoe also congratulated Hendrix, Hendricks and Osbia for all their hard work.



1 - First Federal standard ad 300

CLICK HERE
to have us email you links
to our latest articles every day.

The Lincoln Herald has been providing news, sports, opinion, obituaries and more FREE online every day since 2012.  We post links to all our articles on Facebook & Twitter, and those who have signed up for it receive a daily email with links to our latest articles.  

Also visit our Facebook page at LincolnHerald.net and if you use Twitter, follow us there @LincolnHerald20.








Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, who may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   












HomeNewsState NewsReligionOpinionSportsObituariesExtrasCommunityClassifiedsSubmitLife

Terms and Use | Merchant Directory | Dining Guide
Site Design and Content
Copyright Lincoln Herald, LLC 2011-2019

 


Software © 1998-2021 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved