Newport News Shipbuilding – The Newport News Shipbuilding welcomes seven Youth Workforce Center welding students. Anthony Everett, Jordan Phippen, Brandon Singleton, Shaun Anderson, Roderic Boykins, Ashley Robinson and Michael White interviewed and were hired as X18 Structural Welders. As new hires they will complete 14 months of classroom training in addition to their 144 hours of classroom and lab work at NHREC YWC and will transition to the exciting world of ship yard welding.
Portfolios – Together We Can partners with YWC to offer the Smart Transitions Personal Presentation Portfolio which is a tool for documenting and sharing what it is that makes an individual special and unique. It includes a professional portrait, a resume, letters of recommendation, honors, awards, and certificates, and evidence of talents, gifts and abilities. Fifty plus YWC In and Out of School participants completed the course and will leave the program with a complete portfolio as they enter the work force.
The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is a multi-purpose cultural space in the Southeast community of Newport News, Virginia. Originally built as the Walter Reed School in 1917, this historic building has been restored and open to the public since October 2008. In February, the Center put on a performance of “Sister Act”. The YWC Building Maintenance Tech students assisted in building the set over a 4 week period. These students were in the Work Experience program and built doors, platforms, stages and helped create set designs. The students received a stipend for their experience.