Three Lincoln County Schools students made it into the Catawba Valley Community College Apprenticeship Program this year — Mark Ward, a rising senior at West Lincoln High School, Frank Hatchett, who graduated this June from Lincolnton High School, and Dakota Cooper, who graduated from North Lincoln High School.
As part of this program, the three young men will attend classes at CVCC to obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree in either Mechatronics Engineering Technology or Computer Integrated Machining Technology.
While they are attending CVCC, they will receive a salary while obtaining on-the-job training at a local manufacturing company. The tuition is paid for by the company the student is working for and once they complete their degree they’ll have guaranteed employment with four years of seniority. They’re also entitled to full benefits with the company immediately upon starting in the program.