Thursday, November 2, 2017

MVCTC Diesel Power Technology Senior Learning on the Job

Arcanum Senior, Zane Brehm, is employed as an
Apprenticeship Student with Balsbaugh Excavating
Englewood, Ohio - Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) senior Diesel Power Technology student, Zane, is employed with Balsbaugh Excavating in Englewood as an Apprenticeship Student.

Brehm explained his job as, “I am a mechanic at Balsbaugh Excavating in Englewood. I will do anything from repairing, fixing, and taking care of equipment.”

The MVCTC Pre-Apprenticeship Program is open to seniors, but preparation starts during the junior year. The School-to-Apprenticeship program helps students enter an occupation requiring a high level of skill. Apprenticeships link high school, college opportunities, business, industry, and government together to provide a seamless career path for high school students. Well-planned and supervised school based and work-based learning experiences are the foundation for the program. The Apprenticeship program allows students to work and earn a paycheck - while learning skills and earning the certifications that employers want.

Brehm expanded on his apprenticeship experience to say, "What I like about the apprenticeship program that MVCTC offers is that it allows students like me to earn skills at a specific job and also earn some money at the same time. I'm also glad that Mr. Seibel taught us all about engines and big rig trucks because I have had to use those skills at work. The Apprenticeship Program is an awesome program and I want to encourage everyone to keep their attendance and grades up so that they can apprenticeship too because it’s amazing to learn great skills that you will need and also earn a nice incentive called ‘money’!”

Zane is the son of Kelly and Nancy Brehm of Arcanum.

What started almost 50 years ago as the Montgomery County Joint Vocational School (JVS) has transformed into the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC). While the name has changed, the mission remains the same. MVCTC is dedicated to providing training for in-demand jobs and college-readiness skills for high school and adult students across Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren Counties.

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