Oglethorpe Power is Apprenticeship Partner
Oglethorpe Power is Apprenticeship Partner of the Year for Floyd County Schools
Posted on 04/11/2011
Oglethorpe Power was named the 2011 Floyd County Schools Apprenticeship Business Partner of the Year for the company’s work with the school system’s Youth Apprenticeship program. The award was presented at the April meeting of the Floyd County Board of Education held on Tuesday, April 5. Dan Morton, Oglethorpe Power Rocky Mountain Project; Julio Trujillo, maintenance manager for Oglethorpe Power at Rocky Mountain Project; Diane McClearen, Oglethorpe Power Corporate office and Jesus Hernandez, youth apprentice and student at Coosa High and the Floyd County Schools College & Career Academy accepted the award for Oglethorpe Power. Oglethorpe Power was nominated for the award by Melissa Pyle-Hamilton, Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator for Floyd County Schools, and Frank Pinson, CEO of the Floyd County Schools College & Career Academy. 

“Though our partnership with Oglethorpe Power is relatively new, the benefits our school system and our communities' emerging teens have reaped from this partnership are mind-boggling,” stated Melissa Pyle-Hamilton. “Oglethorpe Power hired its first paid intern this past summer and has made the commitment to hire at least one intern each school year.” The student serving as an Oglethorpe Power intern is Jesus Hernandez, a senior at Coosa High School and a student in the Industry Academy at the Floyd County Schools College & Career Academy.

Oglethorpe Power Corporation has also presented $4,000 in scholarships to the College & Career Academy to support the academy's scholarship program. The money will fund eight $500.00 scholarships - one for each of the school's pathway offerings - for students planning to attend a technical college in the fall. “The College & Career Academy strongly encourages business partners and area business leaders to visit the campus,” said Frank Pinson in presenting the award to Oglethorpe representatives. “Oglethorpe Power took the invitation seriously as Diane McClearen from the Oglethorpe corporate office frequently visits the campus and Julio Trujillo, maintenance manager at Rocky Mountain and mentor to a Floyd County Schools intern, is frequently on the College & Career Academy campus in the Industry Academy lab.” Pinson added, “Mr. Trujillo is not just a passive observer on his visits; he rolls up his sleeves and is actively engaged with students and their projects in the lab.” Trujillo also serves on the College & Career Academy Board of Directors. 

The Floyd County Youth Apprenticeship program involves over 140 businesses in the area in preparing high school students for technical and non-technical careers in a wide variety of industries such as health care, business, and manufacturing. The industry-driven program incorporates learning in the work setting with instruction in the classroom. The program gives students an opportunity to experience "real world" work experiences related to their career goals. 

Students must apply to participate in the program and meet the following qualifications: 
  • Be classified as a junior or senior and at least 16 years of age. 
  • Must have successfully completed a minimum of one semester of classes related to the area in which student wishes to apprentice. 
  • Be on track for graduation. 
  • Be willing to take a demanding sequence of high school and post-secondary courses that are related to their future employment in a specific career area. 
  • Must have an overall 80 GPA and an 86 GPA in major field of study (i.e. prerequisite classes). 
  • Be recommended by three teachers. 
  • Have 95% school attendance rate. Extenuating circumstances will be evaluated on an individual basis. 
  • Have a good attitude. 
  • Be motivated to succeed. 
  • Be willing to submit to a drug test, criminal background check, TB skin test, and Hepatitis B vaccine, as required. 
  • Be willing to complete post-secondary education/training. 
  • Be willing to complete a minimum of 2000 hours of work-based training.