Jointly, Eldon Career Center and Lake Career & Technical Center wrote a grant through the Department of Workforce Development to support the hiring of a grant coordinator to establish and coordinate apprenticeships in the tri-county area.

The Missouri Registered Apprenticeship Program is proud to recognize the first registered youth apprentices who have completed their National Occupational Credential with the United States Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship program.  Jointly, Eldon Career Center and Lake Career & Technical Center wrote a grant through the Department of Workforce Development to support the hiring of a grant coordinator to establish and coordinate apprenticeships in the tri-county area. 

Jacob Vance, a computer science student at Eldon Career Center (ECC), is the first youth apprentice in the state to complete his apprenticeship as an IT Generalist at Midwest Computech in Columbia, Missouri. Vance received his Department of Labor National Occupational Certificate of Completion at the Eugene High School Awards Ceremony.

Cynthia Walker, MORAP Grant Coordinator, presented the award to Jacob for his achievements.  Jacob’s employer, David Nivens, CEO of Midwest Computech said, “Jacob has been outstanding as he has worked through this apprenticeship and has been an extremely bright and hardworking individual that we see as a long term fit within our team.”  Jacob successfully completed his instruction from the ECC under the guidance of his instructor, Joel Wilson.  Through this outstanding computer science program,  he passed both CompTIA A+ tests in the same day.  This is an entry-level IT certification and it is rare that both tests are taken and passed at the same time. The exam was funded through the MORAP grant as well as needed tools for his employment, Wilson said. 

  Vance plans to attend the University of Missouri while working for Midwest Computech.  

Dorian Weaver, an automotive technology student at Lake Career & Technical Center, is the first youth apprentice in the state to complete his apprenticeship as an Automotive Technician at Dependable Automotive, LLC in Camdenton.  Weaver received his Department of Labor National Occupational Certificate of Completion.

Weaver's employer, Josh Underwood, commends both the excellent Automotive Technology program at the LCTC, instructed by Paul Fleming, and the excellent employees he has hired.  

 “Dorian is a quick learner and excels in this industry,”  Underwood said. 

Weaver passed the ASE certification through LCTC, and received a starter kit of tools funded through the MORAP grant and generosity of O’Reilly Auto Parts in Camdenton.

The Registered Apprenticeship program is a proven approach for preparing workers for jobs while meeting the needs of business for a highly-skilled workforce. Upon completion of instructional hours and competencies, the apprentice receives a National Occupational Credential from the Department of Labor.  Currently, Eldon Career Center and Lake Career & Technical Center have fifteen registered employers and nineteen apprentices employed.

As part of the grant, the apprentices received tools and fees were covered for dual credit.  In addition, they participated in a John Maxwell Leadership Training hosted by executive director and certified coach, Dan Shows and his team. The John Maxwell Leadership Team trained them in career readiness, leadership, workplace adaptation, and problem-solving.  Each apprentice who participated in the workshop receives a valued Certificate of Completion and a 32-page personalized DISC impact report.

The joint effort of Youth Apprenticeship through the ECC and LCTC shows how effective the Career and Technical Education programs are in providing an excellent source for our labor and skilled workforce.  The vision of the MORAP grant writers, Superintendent Matt Davis, along with Directors, Kelli Engelbrecht and Jackie Jenkins has blazed a trail for Missouri in the effort to help fill the skills gap in the tri-county area.  Jackie Jenkins stated, "Our employers have seen a need to "grow their own" and the registered apprenticeship program allows employers to build their own employees, while also providing our students (apprentices) opportunities to grow in their own learning.  LCTC and ECC are fortunate to have employers and instructors who value registered apprenticeships for our future workforce!"

Career and technical education is an integral part of the total school curriculum and is a catalyst for continuing to grow the skilled workforce. The Lake Career & Technical Center mission is, “LCTC will provide quality career, technical, and academic education opportunities for all learners to become contributing members of our community.” LCTC offers programs in the following areas: Agricultural Education, Automotive, Collision Repair, Computer Integration, Construction, Culinary Arts, Graphics, Health Science, Law Enforcement/CSI, Marine and Power Sports, and Metal Fabrication.

The Eldon Career Center celebrated its 50th year of career readiness to the tri-county area.  ECC serves six area sending schools including Eldon, Eugene, Stover, Versailles, Tuscumbia, and St. Elizabeth.  They offer the following programs:   Agriculture, Automotive Technology, Building Trades, Business/Marketing, Computer Information Technologies, Digital Media, Engineering, Health Occupations, Law Enforcement, and Power Sports Technology.  With a mission, “To Empower Every Student with Skills & Knowledge to Lead & Succeed”, the apprenticeship program is providing high school students a pathway to successful careers.