CCC Administrators Attend Proclamation Ceremony

November 30, 2021

Man speaks at podium while another stands in the backgroundCCC President Dr. Matt Gotshall (left) took part in a recent ceremony where Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts (right) signed a proclamation designating November as “Apprenticeship Awareness Month” in Nebraska. Ricketts presented the proclamation to Nebraska Department of Labor Commissioner John Albin in recognition of the agency’s work to grow the number of apprenticeship programs in Nebraska. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, registered apprenticeship enrollment in the state increased by 14-percent in 2020.

Daniel Phillips, director of innovation for college and career readiness at Grand Island Public Schools, joined the Governor to talk about his district’s collaborative work with local employers to provide apprenticeship opportunities to students. Gotschall described CCC’s efforts to expand the availability of earn-while-you learn apprenticeships. Lindsay Corporation senior VP of human resources Kelly Staup highlighted the new welding apprenticeship program her business has partnered with CCC to offer.

The Nebraska Department of Labor is collaborating with businesses, educational institutions, and the US Department of Labor to develop new Registered Apprenticeship programs across a variety of industries.  Registered Apprenticeship Programs offer high school and college students the opportunity to gain career skills while simultaneously earning income and advancing their education. 

Dr. Nate Allen, dean of skilled and technical sciences, and Catrina Gray, apprenticeship coordinator, also attended the ceremony.