ALLENDALE, June 28, 2021 –– Allendale-Fairfax High School rising 11th-grade student, Cameron Williams has been selected to work as an apprentice for Swiss Krono in Barnwell, South Carolina during the 2021-2022 school term through Apprenticeship Carolina.
Though Williams is not the first apprentice for the flooring company, he will be the first student to work inside of the highly automated mill side of the facility where he will learn about pneumatics, hydraulics, and other manufacturing maintenance skills. The paid, two-year, apprenticeship will last through Williams’ Senior year and cohesively work with his class schedule providing him with a structured training plan to master specific skills as he earns a high school diploma.
“We feel privileged that we get to help the community in this way beyond Barnwell. We have a lot of people who work at our facility that are from that community so feel good about getting Allendale involved,” said Todd Mankin, Training Coordinator at Swiss Krono.
“I am thrilled with the district’s new apprenticeship partnership with Swiss Krono,” said Allendale County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Margaret Gilmore. “What a tremendous opportunity for our scholar to combine his high school curriculum with an on-the-job training experience. “I am honored that Apprenticeship Carolina serves as a great resource in creating and strengthening career pathways that enrich our scholars’ future.
Apprenticeship Carolina is a division of the South Carolina Technical College System that works to help businesses and communities thrive through the development of registered apprenticeship programs. With the help of Apprenticeship Carolina, two Allendale-Fairfax High School students were afforded the opportunity to be apprentices at Georgia Pacific in 2018.