Fort Zumwalt and Merric Millwork partner to strengthen Missouri workforce
Fort Zumwalt School District’s Engineering and Industrial Technology Department has established a nationally recognized Apprenticeship Program through the U.S. Department of Labor and Missouri Registered Apprenticeships. The program, in its first year, was launched in an effort to provide students the necessary technical skills to be career ready at graduation, as well as some of the key soft skills employers often cite as applicant shortcomings.
FZ students who have completed two courses in the district’s Engineering & Industrial Tech department are eligible to apply. Once the application is complete and they have secured a teacher recommendation, students are able to apply for apprenticeships with local manufacturing partners who will interview the candidates. Currently, Merric Millwork and Seating of O’Fallon has partnered with Fort Zumwalt.
The partnership provides students who complete the program with an hourly wage for their 3,000 apprentice hours, a nationally recognized training credential and 40 hours of college credit through St. Charles Community College.
The partnership provides local manufacturers with highly skilled workers whose school attendance is a proven track record of commitment to the workplace.
Recommended program components:
- 360 hours of coursework in the FZSD Engineering and Industrial Tech Woods Engineering strand
- at least a 3.0 GPA in those classes
- at least 90-percent attendance record throughout high school
- at least a 95-percent on-time record throughout high school
- active membership in the extra-curricular organization Technology Students Association
- completion of 3,000 hours of on-the-job training with the manufacturer before school, after school and during the summer (Required for apprenticeship certificate)
Photo: Through the Engineering & Industrial Technology Department, Fort Zumwalt high school students are offered courses in the Engineering of Woods, which provide them the experience to apply for paid apprenticeships through a new partnership with Merric Millwork and Seating.