UC Workforce Connections commemorates occasion

Hutchinson Manufacturing in Livingston, a French-based automotive air conditioning component manufacturer, has become the first employer partner for Vol State’s newly announced, first-ever, federally registered United States Department of Labor Apprenticeship.

The apprenticeship pathway focuses on advanced manufacturing and is connected to the college’s mechatronics program, according to a release by Vol State Community College (VSCC). 

“The apprenticeship launch was made possible thanks to the MIDAS grant in partnership with the Tennessee Board of Regents,” according to the release. 

Hutchinson’s Livingston facility focuses on manufacturing for brands such as GM, Buick, Honda and others. 

“A fun fact: Vol State Cookeville Mechatronic students are working at Hutchinson and making components for new Corvettes,” according to the release. 

The apprenticeship pathway allows manufacturing employers to “upskill their existing workforce and new employees,” according to the release. Brandon Day, maintenance technician with Hutchinson, is the first apprentice to complete the training at Vol State under the new apprenticeship model. 

Staff and students from Vol State, Hutchinson team members and partners from the TN Dept of Labor’s Apprenticeship office and Upper Cumberland’s Workforce Connections team were on hand to commemorate the occasion.

“The apprenticeship program has openings for summer and fall opportunities,” according to the release. “Financial assistance is available. If your company is interested in developing your existing and future workforce pipelines via short-term apprenticeship-based or customized training, contact jeff.cockrell@volstate.edu or call 615-230-3321.”

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Photo courtesy of Vol State.

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