The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship recently recognized Northwest State Community College as an Apprenticeship Ambassador. The Department’s Apprenticeship Ambassador Initiative seeks to create a national network of employers, labor organizations, industry associations, program sponsors, educators, workforce intermediaries, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders to serve as champions for expanding and diversifying Registered Apprenticeship.
Tori Atkinson, Director of Workforce Development and Innovative Learning for Northwest State, offered her gratitude to the Department of Labor. Of the designation, Atkinson noted, “Northwest State proudly uses the ‘Your community’s college’ tagline, and this award shows how dedicated we are to working with businesses throughout the region, as well as individuals to provide needed training and education to build a stronger employee/employer pipeline to boost our region’s economy now and in the future.”
Apprenticeship Ambassadors partner with the U.S. Department of Labor to provide the following:
— Promote and expand awareness of the benefits of Registered Apprenticeship in the U.S. for industry, employers, career seekers, educators, and communities as a whole;
— Identify and scale innovative practices and partnerships to modernize, strengthen, and accelerate the adoption of Registered Apprenticeship;
— Increase access and support for underrepresented and underserved populations in Registered Apprenticeship including women, youth, people of color, rural communities, justice-involved individuals, and people with disabilities; and
—Communicate the business case for Registered Apprenticeship as a mainstream workforce strategy for high-demand industries and creating opportunities for good jobs for all Americans across the economy.
One of the major accomplishments for Northwest State is the increase in Registered Apprenticeship Programs across northwest Ohio. The College became a sponsor for RAP in 2019 to assist local manufacturers locate skilled employees. During that time, they have gone from 1 apprentice to 25, and NSCC continues to work tirelessly in this area.
Additional information on the Apprenticeship Ambassador program is available at Apprenticeship.gov/apprenticeship-ambassador-initiative.