Students Sign Seaman Pre-Apprenticeship
Students Sign Seaman Pre-Apprenticeship
Posted on 05/05/2023
Seaman Pre-Apprenticeship

Tennessee High School and Seaman Corporation signed the first students on May 5 in a newly formed pre-apprenticeship partnership.

The manufacturing pre-apprenticeship agreement ensures students who meet the requirements of the course standards and have successful attendance and discipline records will be guaranteed an interview with the partnering company. Seaman Corporation is the third company in the northeast Tennessee region to take advantage of a pre-apprenticeship pipeline to meet their growing workforce needs with Tennessee High School. J.A. Street and The Robinette Company also signed agreements with THS over the past two years.

Mica Hall, Brantley Henard, and Faith Thacker are the first students to sign with Seaman Corporation. Steve Anderson, THS manufacturing teacher, and Deidre Pendley, director of career and technical education for Bristol Tennessee City Schools, recommended the three successful manufacturing students for the program. Following successful interviews with Seaman’s human resources officials, the students were offered the opportunity to enter the pre-apprenticeship program where they may earn hours toward the four-year apprenticeship program. The three students are currently working after school for Seaman Corporation. Next school year, a work-based learning course will allow them to work at the company for a period of time each school day and on weekends.

“Seaman Corporation is very excited to have Mica, Brantley, and Faith sign as our first pre-apprentice students,” said Donna Tate, senior human resources manager for Seaman Corporation. “We appreciate the efforts of Jessica Barnett with Apprenticeship Tennessee; Deidre Pendley, director of career and technical education; and the CTE teachers. We are also grateful for Principal Kirk, Director of Schools Annette Tudor, and everyone who had the vision of this program for manufacturing. We look forward to a continued partnership with Tennessee High in both pre-apprentice training and work-based learning programs.”

“Our goal is to provide high-quality CTE programs in a variety of high-wage, in-demand and/or growing careers available in the Bristol area,” Pendley said. “This pre-apprenticeship partnership aligns with this goal for students. Seaman Corporation is setting an admirable precedent by hiring students even as young as 16 years of age. This practice will allow industry partners a pipeline for high school students to explore employment for lengthier periods during their high school years. Our hope is for this program to continue to be the catalyst for other industries to join our commitment to achieving sustainable careers for our students and a sustainable workforce for our community.”

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