The Apprentice School
|Type||Four-year apprenticeship program|
|16 academic instructors, 50+ craft instructors|
|Location||Newport News, VA, USA|
|Colors||Maroon and Gold and black|
The Apprentice School (also known as Newport News Apprentice School) is a four-year apprenticeship vocational school founded and operated by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company in Newport News in the U.S. state of Virginia. The school trains students for careers in the shipbuilding industry. It is not a traditional college in that it does not grant degrees — associate's degrees earned by students in the program are earned through Thomas Nelson Community College — but it does compete athletically with other small colleges.
Monthly selection meetings are held at which all qualified applicants are considered for available openings. Offers are extended to applicants whom the admissions office determines to be best qualified for the openings available.
Successful candidates are offered both employment at Newport News Shipbuilding and enrollment at The Apprentice School. Each successful candidate will be scheduled for a medical examination that includes a substance abuse screening test administered by Newport News Shipbuilding's medical department. Employment and enrollment is contingent on the results of the medical examination. Candidates to whom an offer is extended will be subject to a United States Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
All apprentices are required to complete the school's "World Class Shipbuilder Curriculum" and applicable courses in the "Trade Related Education Curriculum." The curriculum gives students the opportunity to earn an associate degree from Thomas Nelson Community College or Tidewater Community College.
Apprenticeships are offered in 17 skilled trades:
- Heating & Air Conditioning
- Pipefitter & Pipefitter - Maintenance
- Outside Machinist
- Heavy Metal Fabricator
- Non-Destructive Tester (NDT)
- Welder & Welding Equipment Repair
- Dimensional Control Technician
- Sheet Metal Worker
- Electrician Maintenance
Advanced programs are offered in five areas:
- Marine Designer
- Modeling & Simulation
- Nuclear Test Technician
- Production Planner
- Advanced Shipyard Operations
On April 23, 2014, a new Professional Development Program was started. Students will have the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in electrical and mechanical engineering through a partnership through Old Dominion University.
The Apprentice School was first awarded accreditation by the Commission on Occupational Education Institutions, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1982. In 1995, it transferred its accreditation from there to the Accrediting Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.
The school is physically located at Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding. Some of the upper-level academic courses are taken at Thomas Nelson Community College and Tidewater Community College.
A new facility for the Apprentice is currently being constructed in a four-block area of Downtown Newport News and is expected to be completed by 2013.
Apprentice's football team was a member of the Atlantic Central Football Conference. Since the dissolution of the conference following the 2010 season, The Apprentice School has been playing football as an unaffiliated independent team. The wrestling team is a member of the National Collegiate Wrestling Association, and men's and women's basketball, men's golf and baseball are all part of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.
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