National Apprenticeship Week: Speed interviews connect students, employers

MCC-Business & Technology students take part in apprenticeship speed interviews.

It’s a golden opportunity for Metropolitan Community College students seeking Gold Collar jobs.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, MCC-Business & Technology set  up speed interviews for students studying to be  welders, industrial electricians, maintenance mechanics and machining and tool and die specialists on Nov. 14.

Sam Newhouse of Emmert Welding and Manufacturing interviews an MCC student.

The event mirrors the modern concept of speed dating, where you spend a limited time with a potential business match in this case, in hopes of landing the perfect job. Each student had a few minutes to speak with a representative from several companies before moving to the next table for another interview. Each of these jobs falls within MCC’s Gold Collar job category which pay between $30,000 to $80,000.

MCC has had good success with helping students find placement through speed interviews. This was the first opportunity for companies seeking apprenticeships to make connections in this manner.

The apprenticeships reward students with a job while they take classes. Not only do they earn a paycheck, but the company also picks up the cost of their education at MCC. After the apprenticeship is over, the student moves up within the company to continue their career.

MCC’s current apprenticeship program is just over a year old but is already getting noticed.  MCC-Business & Technology Outreach Director Shonda Atwater says there is a shortage of skilled trade workers and this program helps to fill that need. The program will help companies grow their own workforce.

Students are excited about the opportunity.

Martin Knowles of Automatic Systems, Inc. (left) meets MCC student Isaac Clay.

“It’s a cool opportunity. It helps when you don’t know how to get your foot in the door” said welding student Isaac Clay.

Another welding student Jonathan Barnett added “MCC not only teaches us the skills we need, they help us with our resumes and then help us find jobs.”

Atwater says apprenticeships are a win for the students and a win for the companies who hire them. “There’s nobody who’s teaching advanced manufacturing to the extent that we do.”

About MCC’s apprenticeship program:

With MCC’s degree-seeking registered apprenticeship program, the College can upskill a company’s labor force, train new employees or help identify an untapped labor pool. With customized on-the-job training and accredited coursework, employees will be equipped with the skills necessary for retained employment.

Programs available include:

  • Industrial Maintenance and Repair
  • Industrial Electrician Automation and Repair
  • Precision Machining and Tool and Die
  • Welding
  • Building/Facilities Maintenance
  • Engineering Technology
  • Cisco Network Security
  • Information Technology
  • Client Relation Management
  • Additional programs available upon request

For more on MCC’s apprenticeship program, visit the College’s website.