Clayton News-Star

Business Notes: Oct. 26

Chamber Expo

The Smithfiel-Selma Chamber of Commerce will hold its Business Expo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at The Farm, 215 Batten Road, Selma.

An innovative partnership

A apprenticeship program in Clayton and Sanford has received a 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Workforce Development.

The Caterpillar Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Program was named the 2014 Innovative Partnership.

In the Clayton-based pre-apprenticeship program in product assembly, students earn a certification in industry safety, a credential in Caterpillar Production System Assembler Qualification and an apprenticeship certificate.

At Caterpillar in Sanford, the apprenticeship program creates a pathway for high school students to earn vocational credentials necessary for work. Upon completion, each apprentice has in hand a high school diploma, the N.C. Career Readiness Certification, a welding credential and an apprenticeship certificate.

“Our hard-working and highly skilled workers are key to our economic-development strategy,” said Gov. Pat McCrory. “I congratulate these award recipients for their determination, innovation and commitment to helping make North Carolina’s workforce the nation’s best.”