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Iowa School Creates Apprenticeship ‘Playbook’

by Kay Henderson

A student who’ll be a senior at Pella High School this fall is already on the payroll at Vermeer Manufacturing.

Charles Vander Velden is the first student to enter a new apprenticeship program for welders that’s a partnership of the school, Vermeer and Des Moines Area Community College. Vander Velden started his apprenticeship in welding today.

“I saw this as a great opportunity for my future,” Vander Velden said.

Vander Velden’s school in Pella has developed a “Registered Apprenticeship Playbook” that businesses, students and schools may use.

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