Alumni Spotlight: Jon-Michael Hamrick - Cleveland Community College, Shelby, NC

Alumni Spotlight: Jon-Michael Hamrick

Jon-Michael Hamrick shows off his journey worker certificate.
Jon-Michael shows off his journey worker certificate.

ApprenticeshipNC, locally sponsored by Apprenticeship Cleveland County, provides participants with a combination of on-the-job training and practical classroom instruction at Cleveland Community College. The program prepares participants for high-skilled careers with local industry partners. In Cleveland County, CCC currently partners with STI, Greenheck, Hanwha and Eaton.

Upon successful completion, the apprentice qualifies for a nationally recognized certification as a “journey worker” in a skilled trade and receives an academic credential from CCC. 

“ApprenticeshipNC is a registered apprenticeship program with the U.S. Department of Labor. This is an excellent program for industries to develop their own talent to meet their attrition needs,” said Bruce Mack, vice president of Workforce & Economic Development for CCC. “The program typically lasts two to four years.”

A few months ago, Jon-Michael Hamrick completed the ApprenticeshipNC Program and earned his journey worker’s certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor and the North Carolina Community College System.

“Being in Industrial Systems Technology was a great experience for me,” said Hamrick. “I was able to troubleshoot normal day-to-day issues that I see daily at my job as a Maintenance Technician. This allowed me to work through these issues at a slower pace where I could comprehend the meaning behind the real problem. I was even able to learn more about areas like PLCs, robotics and electrical schematics. This program has made me a better maintenance technician on my job today.” In addition to the journey worker’s certificate, Hamrick earned the Industrial Systems Diploma, Automation Engineering Technology-Robotics Applications Certificate and Automation Engineering Technology-Automation Systems Certificate from CCC. He is currently employed by Greenheck.