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When the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce hosts its Breakfast on Broad next week, the program will include a special ceremony announcing a relationship between one of Cairo’s largest employers and Cairo High School. Koyo Bearings is starting an apprenticeship program with the school, employing and training students who could eventually have a career at the local plant. So far, two students are working at the business and one is planning to continue in the program next semester. Two new students will also join the apprenticeship course after Christmas.
Scott Cline, plant manager at Koyo, says the program will be beneficial not only for his company, but also for the students and the community. “Koyo Bearings is excited to partner with the Cairo High School College and Career Academy to identify high potential students interested in careers in manufacturing. Our partnership will provide students with an opportunity to develop skills that local manufacturers like Koyo need to be competitive,” Cline says.
The apprenticeship program is conducted through the C.H.S. Work Based Learning program, and coordinator Michelle Ausley says she is appreciative of Koyo’s partnership. “We’ve been trying to keep our young people here for our community to make strides. This is one of many industries that are starting to invest in the young people to strengthen our community,” Ausley says.
She says if the employer and student agree to continue their partnership that the business may even pay for the student to continue their education in college.
When the Breakfast on Broad ceremony is held, Tuesday, Nov.19, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Dark Horse Java, 152 S. Broad St., the three students will sign contracts with C.H.S. and Koyo Bearings to formalize their paid internships.
Ausley says once at work, the students will undergo training, then shadow a mentor for several weeks and begin work once prepared. To participate, students must be 16 years of age. The three who are signing contracts Tuesday happen to be seniors on the drafting and engineering pathway at Cairo High School College and Career Academy.