The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding turns 100

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding turns 100 on Monday, and they are ready to celebrate.

Starting at 4 p.m., a historical highway site marker will be unveiled and items unique to the school’s history will be placed into a time capsule as part of the celebration.

Since it opened at the end of World War I, The Apprentice School has graduated more than 10,800 highly skilled shipbuilders, including craftspeople, engineers, and designers.

The Apprentice School accepts about 225 apprentices per year. The school offers four- to eight-year, tuition-free apprenticeships in 19 trades and eight optional advanced programs.

Apprentices work a 40-hour week and are paid for all work, including time spent in academic classes.

Through partnerships with Thomas Nelson Community College, Tidewater Community College, and Old Dominion University, The Apprentice School’s academic program provides the opportunity to earn associate degrees in business administration, engineering and engineering technology and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical or electrical engineering.

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