Three local high school students recently earned full-time positions with Continental Corporation’s Morganton operations as part of the company’s student apprenticeship program.

William Ward from McDowell High School and Bryson Lockee and James Helton from East Burke High School were selected out of a group of 10 students who attended the company’s Apprenticeship Orientation, which includes an interview screening and testing process.

This is the second apprenticeship orientation held specifically for the Continental Apprenticeship in Morganton. Apprentices receive a full-time job, on-the-job training, a debt-free associate’s degree and a North Carolina Department of Commerce Journeyman’s Certificate.

“We are pleased with the development of Apprenticeship Continental,” said Vincent Wilson, business systems manager with Continental in Morganton. “We initially started our program in three counties, but have since expanded, and are now offering our apprenticeship to students in six counties. This is a great opportunity for students who live in the surrounding areas who meet the eligibility requirements and are mechanically inclined. It is our long-range goal to continue Apprenticeship Continental as part of our recruitment process for talented and motivated individuals, allowing more students the opportunity to compete for these positions with our company.”

One of Continental’s corporate community guidelines is to maintain continued support to the area’s education system and its students through various programs, scholarships and other efforts.

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