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Nationally recognized engineering apprenticeships available

A Fort Zumwalt student gets hands-on experience at Merric Millwork and Seating of O’Fallon. [FZSD photo]

Fort Zumwalt School District’s Engineering and Industrial Technology Department has established a nationally recognized Apprenticeship Program through the U.S. Department of Labor and Missouri Registered Apprenticeships. The program was founded to provide students with the necessary technical skills to be more prepared to enter careers upon graduation and provide skills sets desired by employers.

Fort Zumwalt students who have completed two courses in the district’s Engineering & Industrial Technology Department are eligible to apply for the program. Students will also need a teacher recommendation to apply.

If chosen, students will interview with local manufacturing partners. Students who complete the program will be given an hourly wage for the 3,000 apprentice hours worked, a nationally recognized training credential and 40 hours of college credit through St. Charles Community College.

Applicants are recommended to have at least a 3.0 GPA, at least 90% attendance record throughout high school and at least 95% on-time attendance throughout high school. A total of 360 hours of coursework in the Fort Zumwalt School District Engineering and Industrial Tech Woods Engineering strand is also recommended.

The two companies of Merric Millwork and Seating of O’Fallon are currently partnered with Fort Zumwalt School District for the apprenticeships.

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