VIRGINIA APPRENTICESHIP COUNCIL RECOGNIZES
OUTSTANDING APPRENTICES FOR 2003
On December 11, 2003, the Virginia Apprenticeship
Council recognized four apprentices as Virginia's Outstanding Apprentices
for 2003. The Council, in association with the Virginia Department of
Labor and Industry, sponsors the awards program, which honors outstanding
apprentices each year who have completed their training programs and
are nominated by their sponsoring organizations. Nominated apprentices
are judged in many areas, including craftsmanship, accuracy, cooperation,
leadership, decision-making, and consideration for their companies and
Barry W. Baker, Chairman of the Virginia Apprenticeship
Council, accompanied by Vice Chairman Steven Staples, Secretary of Commerce
and Trade Michael J. Schewel and Commissioner of Labor and Industry
C. Ray Davenport, presented the Outstanding Apprentice Awards at a ceremony
on December 11, 2003 to the following persons:
Robert B. Arredondo, Jr., an electrician apprentice
employed by Northrop Grumman Newport News, Newport News;
Mark D. Christian, a HVAC mechanic apprentice
employed by University of Virginia Facilities Management, Charlottesville;
Kevin D. Clay, a maintenance mechanic apprentice
employed by C. B. Fleet, Lynchburg; and
Yolanda D. Davis, a brick mason apprentice employed by Norfolk Area
Bricklayers, Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, Norfolk, Virginia.
"I commend these outstanding apprentices
for excelling in their work," stated Secretary Schewel. "Their
skill, hard work and commitment to apprenticeship result in a winning
situation for the employees, their employers, and the Commonwealth."
Apprenticeship Council Chairman Baker said, "The
Virginia Apprenticeship Council is dedicated to fostering the job and
skill development opportunities available through apprenticeship. Our
2003 outstanding apprentices exemplify the best of what apprenticeship
has to offer."
"I congratulate the apprentices and their
employers on their outstanding efforts and for recognizing the merits
of registered apprenticeship," stated Commissioner Davenport. "Apprenticeship
is a proven, efficient workforce development program that helps ensure
a highly skilled, quality, healthy and safe workforce."
The Virginia Voluntary Apprenticeship Program
was established in 1938. Apprenticeship training is used in more than
300 occupations in Virginia. There are currently over 11,000 registered
apprentices employed by more than 1,900 employers throughout the Commonwealth.
Additional information on apprenticeship can be obtained by visiting
of Labor and Industry's Web site.
For additional ceremony photos please go to Photo
|From left to right, Commissioner C. Ray
Davenport, Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Michael J. Schewel;
Mark C. Christian, Outstanding Apprentice, Roanoke; VAC Chairman,
Barry W. Baker; VAC Vice Chairman, and Dr. Steven R. Staples.
|From left to right, Secretary
of Commerce and Trade, Michael J. Schewel; Commissioner C. Ray Davenport,
Yolanda D. Davis, Outstanding Apprentice, Norfolk; VAC Vice Chairman,
Dr. Steven R. Staples; Robert B. Arredondo, Jr., Norfolk; Kevin
D. Clay, Roanoke; and VAC Chairman, Barry W. Baker.
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