Davenport high school apprentices celebrated the start of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) on Friday, November 12th. They were joined by Iowa Workforce Development, local businesses, and education leaders.

National Apprenticeship Week is a nationwide celebration of Registered Apprenticeship programs and the critical pathways that these

Davenport Schools Kicks off National Apprenticeship Week

TJ Schneckloth is superintendent of the Davenport Community School District.

programs create.

Joining the event will be students from the Davenport Community School District who are participants in Registered Apprenticeship programs.

The district has the second most high school apprentices in the state, with 26 current participants who are partnered with several local area businesses.

The event will highlight the importance of Registered Apprenticeship Programs in today’s workforce and their benefits to both students and Iowa employers.

Attendees at the kickoff event included:

  • Davenport Community School District High School Apprentices
  • J. Schneckloth, Superintendent, Davenport Community School District
  • Beth Townsend, Director, Iowa Workforce Development
  • Mike Oberhaus, Chief Strategy Officer, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
  • Greer Sisson, State Director, U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship
  • Rachael Mullins, President and CEO, Putnam Museum and Science Center
  • Kristopher Byam, Registered Apprenticeship Program Coordinator, Iowa Workforce Development

The official week begins Nov. 15.

Davenport Schools Kicks off National Apprenticeship Week
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