National Apprenticeship Week Archive

Apprenticeship is a proven workforce development strategy that is recognized nationwide for successfully strengthening the talent pipeline in in-demand fields and bolstering business leaders’ efforts to recruit, train, and retain highly skilled employees. 

Each November, we join programs across the country for National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), a time to celebrate and recognize how apprentice programs are changing lives and communities for the better. During the week, business leaders, career seekers, labor professionals, educational institutions, and other critical partners showcase apprenticeship programs that are helping people discover a new way to work. In Mississippi, MAP works with partners across the state to highlight programs and success stories, and participates in events that demonstrate the importance of apprenticeship in helping people find meaningful work, support businesses, and contribute to the overall economic outlook for the state.

The information below chronicles NAW activities and events each year in Mississippi.

Community colleges across Mississippi joined institutions across the nation to participate in National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2020 November 8 – 14. NAW is a nationwide celebration established by the U.S. Department of Labor to bring together leading business, labor, education, and other critical partners to showcase the impact apprenticeship programs have on closing the skills gap for the American workforce.

NAW gives employers, and other program partners, the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs, facilities, and apprentices so career seekers can learn more about the benefits of apprenticeships and the programs available in their communities.

November 9, 2020

Hinds Community College (HCC) released a series of videos featuring the college’s Registered Apprenticeship partnership with Empire Truck Sales, Stribling Equipment, and Continental Tire. The videos also include a spotlight on the signing ceremony for the Continental Tire apprenticeship program.

Watch the National Apprenticeship Week videos and learn more about HCC on the college’s Facebook page.

November 10, 2020

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) hosted a graduation ceremony for nine apprentices in the inaugural bank branch manager apprenticeship program in partnership with Keesler Federal Credit Union (KFCU). The event was held at the new Mississippi Aquarium in Gulfport, Mississippi. Due to COVID-19, the event limited the total number of participants to 30 people included representatives from KFCU, MGCCC, and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

For more information about the KFCU apprenticeship program, contact Gayle C. Brown at gayle.brown@mgccc.edu. For more information about KFCU visit their website at www.kcfu.org.


The Mississippi Apprenticeship Program participated in TECH JXN, a virtual conference highlighting the innovation in Mississippi’s capital city. The event focused on economic development in Jackson’s technology, education, creative and health care sectors. Visit the TECH JXN website for more information.

November 19, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor Mississippi Office of Apprenticeship hosted a virtual meeting with career center directors and other representatives of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). During the session, participants received information about how Mississippi’s HBCUs can access federal funding for Registered Apprenticeship career fields and pathways.

For more information contact Brenda L. Myers at myers.brenda.l@dol.gov.

Community colleges across Mississippi will participate in National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) November 11 – 17. In its fifth year, NAW is a nationwide celebration established by the U.S. Department of Labor to bring together leading business, labor, education, and other critical partners to showcase the impact apprenticeship programs have on closing the skills gap for the American workforce.

NAW gives employers, and other program partners, the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs, facilities, and apprentices so career seekers can learn more about the benefits of apprenticeships and the programs available in their communities.

For more information about the Mississippi Apprenticeship Program (MAP) and other National Apprenticeship Week activities in the state, visit the US Department of Labor’s website, or follow us on social media. You can also You can get involved by using your social media channels to help promote your NAW events and showcase the benefits of apprenticeship programs. Download the social media toolkit and graphics below.

October 25, 2019

Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Co-Lin) will host a lunch and learn at 127 S. Railroad Avenue in Brookhaven, MS. The event is open to the public. Attendees will receive information about apprenticeships, internships, and other work-based learning programs. Co-Lin will also share information about funding resources for these programs. For more information contact Kenny Goza at kenneth.goza@colin.edu.

November 4, 2019

Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Co-Lin) will host a lunch and learn at 125 E. Broad St. in Monticello, MS. The event is open to the public. Attendees will receive information about apprenticeships, internships, and other work-based learning programs. Co-Lin will also share information about funding resources for these programs. For more information contact Kenny Goza at kenneth.goza@colin.edu.

November 6-7, 2019

The Mississippi Apprenticeship Program (MAP) and Hinds Community College will participate in Pathways2Possibilities – a hands-on, interactive career exploration experience, designed to help 8th graders and opportunity youth, ages 16-24, link their passions to a paycheck. MAP partners KLLM Transport Services and Empire Truck Sales will provide activities for participants and share information about their apprenticeship programs. For more information on this event please contact Tonya Neely at the Mississippi Community College Board at 601-432-6341 tneely@mccb.edu or Josh Bower at Hinds Community College at 601-857-3875 Josh.Bower@hindscc.edu.

November 7, 2019

MAP and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) will co-host Keesler Federal Credit Union’s first apprenticeship graduation. The Bank Branch Manager Apprenticeship Program, offered through MGCCC, is the first financial-industry and only online registered apprenticeship program and in the state. For more information on this event please contact Johna Peyton at the Mississippi Community College Board at 601-432-6174 jpeyton@mccb.edu or Gayle C. Brown at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 228-897-4368 galye.brown@mgcc.edu.

November 8, 2019

The MAP team, along with partners from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security and the Mississippi Office of Apprenticeship, will participate in a group tour of our apprenticeship partner Ingalls’ Shipbuilding Apprenticeship School in recognition of National Apprenticeship Week from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

During the tour, we will have the opportunity to gain insight and have a closer look at the operations of one of the most innovative and successful apprenticeship program models in the state of Mississippi. Our goal is to continue to build a deeper knowledge of the apprenticeship process and reinforce a good working relationship with Huntington Ingalls Industries. For more information on this event please contact Matthew Riley at the Mississippi Community College Board at 601-432-6297 mriley@mccb.edu.

November 11, 2019

Jackson JATC will host an open house for individuals who are interested in learning more about the Inside Electrical Industry Apprenticeship from 6 – 8 p.m. at 4775 I-55 S, Jackson, MS 39212. For more information contact Jim Stephens at jatc-jackson@msn.com.

November 11-15, 2019

Pearl River Community College (PRCC) will participate in a series of National Apprenticeship Week activities including displaying a NAW banner at the Woodall Technology Center to raise awareness about apprenticeships, visiting local apprenticeship partners to deliver appreciation items, and discussing their program opportunities during a workforce development segment on SuperTalk Mississippi. PRCC representatives will also visit Wellness Works, a new apprenticeship partner, to discuss the progress of their program. The institution will also promote NAW events and activities across all of its social media channels. For more information on these events please contact Michael Yarborough at Pearl River Community College at 601-554-4643 myarbrough@prcc.edu.


Copiah Lincoln Community College (Co-Lin) is planning a seven-county road show to discuss the college’s CTE, workforce, apprenticeship, and work-based learning opportunities along with other programs and offerings. Co-Lin will also participate in several radio interviews and promote NAW across all of its social media channels. For more information on these events please contact Kenny Goza at 601-643-8322 kenneth.goza@colin.edu.

November 11-17, 2019

Ingalls Shipbuilding will celebrate apprentices all week long by providing refreshments for apprentices at the Maritime Training Academy and hosting several guest speakers throughout the week. The event is closed to the public. For more information about apprenticeship programs at Ingalls, contact Bobby Lamb at robert.lamb@hii-ingalls.com.

November 12, 2019

The Pearl River Community College (PRCC) Workforce Education Team will participate in the Wildcat Workforce Radio Show on SuperTalk Mississippi. Tune in from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to hear PRCC representatives discuss workforce education and training opportunities at the college and highlight apprenticeship programs and local employer partnership. For more information, contact Michael Yarbrough at myarbrough@prcc.edu.


Hinds Community College will host a tour of the KLLM Driving Academy from 1:30 – 2:10 p.m. Leaders from HCC and KLLM will attend the tour. HCC sponsors the Registered Apprenticeship Truck Driving program for KLLM.

Hinds Community College (HCC) will also host a tour of the Diesel Technology Academy from 2:15 – 3 p.m. HCC sponsors the Registered Apprenticeship Diesel Mechanic program for Empire Truck Sales and Stribling Equipment. Empire Truck Sales has three apprentices and Stribling Equipment will sign their first apprentice during the tour. Leaders from Empire Truck Sales, Stribling Equipment, and HCC will attend the tour.

November 12-14, 2019

Coahoma Community College will be hosting a CTE open house for the local vocational high schools in the surrounding area. CTEs provide education about specific career skills to students in middle school, high school, and post-secondary institutions. For more information on this event please contact Earnest D. Bell at Coahoma Community College 662-627-2571 edbell@coahomacc.edu.

November 13, 2019

The Pearl River Community College Workforce Education Team will visit Petal High School’s Pre-apprenticeship Utility Lineman Program from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event is not open to the public, but for more information about this program, contact Michael Yarbrough at myarbrough@prcc.edu.

November 18, 2019

Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Co-Lin) will host a lunch and learn at 55 Main Street in Meadville, MS. The event is open to the public. Attendees will receive information about apprenticeships, internships, and other work-based learning programs. Co-Lin will also share information about funding resources for these programs. For more information contact Kenny Goza at kenneth.goza@colin.edu.

 Visit the Department of Labor’s website for a complete list of activities happening around the country.