Friday 18 Oct 2019


WCC & Smithfield Foods Launch Apprenticeship Program

Wayne Community College is the first in the nation to implement a new apprenticeship program for Smithfield Foods.

Smithfield Foods is launching the apprenticeship program at WCC in Goldsboro and will expand the program nationwide by partnering with colleges near Smithfield facilities.

Apprentices will train alongside experienced technicians at Smithfield’s facilities in Clinton, Kinston, and Wilson.

Craig Foucht, the Executive Director of the Wayne Business and Industry Center at WCC, says the college had to work with NCWorks and ApprenticeshipNC to get the program up and running.

He says the apprentices will be going to school one day a week and working four days a week.

Foucht says this apprenticeship also includes earning a college degree through WCC.

Lisa Swaney is the Chief Human Resource Officer with Smithfield Foods.

She says approximately 60% of their technicians are approaching retirement age.

Swaney says the apprenticeship program will help groom talent and create career paths.

Ten students officially signed up for the new apprenticeship program during the announcement of the partnership Friday.

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