Virginia Works Newsletter
January 2004


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 co-workers.

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 the Department of Labor and Industry's Web site.

For additional ceremony photos please go to Photo Gallery.


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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