The first cohort of apprentices in the Industrial
Maintenance Technician Registered Apprenticeship (RA) program at
Heartland Community College have graduated with new skills to take
back to their employer.
The six graduates are employees at Rivian Automotive LLC. The
Department of Labor (DOL) Industrial Maintenance Technician RA
program designed to upscale the talents of current Rivian employees
into high-demand jobs.
Employees who qualified for the program studied for their Heartland
Community College Automation Technology Skills Certification and
Robotics Operator Microcertificate as part of the Industrial
Maintenance Technician RA program while still working at the
My favorite part of the program has been using the skills and
knowledge we learn in the classroom at my current job, said Drake
Gardner, one of the students graduating in this inaugural cohort. I
feel that after going through this program I have more valuable
skills and opportunities than before.
Graduating in this cohort were Efrain Alberts, Brandon Clark, Max
Evans, Drake Gardner, Eric Meacham, and George Ohnemus.
Upon completion of the program, the apprentices have
the skills and qualifications to work as Maintenance Technicians in
various departments at Rivian.
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It has been one of the
highlights of my career to work with this exceptional group of
apprentices, said Art Dunn, Industrial Technology Faculty. I
am very proud of the level of skill and professionalism their
hard work has developed in them.
Heartland Community College offers nine Registered Apprentice
training programs with areas of study supporting employment in
advanced manufacturing, health care, agriculture, information
technology and other fields. Heartland works with a variety of
area employers to develop a tailored apprenticeship experience.
For more information about apprenticeship programs at Heartland
Community College visit Heartland Apprenticeships.
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Heartland Community College]