New apprenticeship program approved by DOL

John Wagaman, a Mechanic C at SGI's Charmian plant welds during recent instruction in the heavy industrial maintenance mechanic journeyman apprenticeship program at HCC. PROVIDED PHOTO

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – A partnership between SGI and Hagerstown Community College to provide in-classroom learning and on-the-job training has been approved by the Maryland Department of Labor Apprenticeship Council.

The Heavy Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Journeyman Apprenticeship Program is a venture
between HCC and SGI’s Charmian Plant in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania. The program
provides the opportunity for people interested in a career in maintenance to learn in the field and
hone their skills.

“A program such as this one brings unmistakable benefits to the local manufacturing industry
and opens doors to residents who wish to seek a career in a skilled trade. SGI is excited to have
had this apprenticeship approved by the DOL Apprenticeship Council,” said SGI President
Justin P. Dunlap.

“Registered apprenticeship provides a significant benefit to the employer and employee. At
HCC, we are pleased to be a part of SGI’s growth as an employer and provide the Related
Technical Instruction needed for their skilled workforce,” according to Jack Drooger, Workforce
Solutions Program Manager.

The new apprenticeship program opened to students in January after its formal approval by the
MD DOL. For more information, contact Drooger at [email protected] or visit HCC at

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