Schmalz, Inc. Champions the NFPA Student Career Connections Program

Schmalz, Inc. in North Carolina is currently visiting local 11th graders to promote a four-year apprentice program that leads to an Associates Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Wake Technical College. They plan to do several open houses during the winter months for interested high school students so they can sign apprentices up for this four-year program. This program runs on a yearly basis and started in 2015. Participants come from at least 30 high schools in the area. Schmalz made this possible through a partnership with the North Carolina Triangle Apprenticeship Program.

This year, Schmalz estimates that 1,000 high school students will participate in the various open houses for the program. Only about 10 to 20 of them will be accepted into the summer 2017 cohort.

More events like this are available through our Student Career Connections program nationwide. Other NFPA member companies and partners doing Student Career Connections are Poclain Hydraulics, Aggressive Hydraulics, Airline Hydraulics Corporation, Avanti Engineering, JEM Technical, Daman Products Company, Triton College, and Deltrol Fluid Products.

To learn more about the Student Career Connections Program or any of our programs, visit our website or contact the Director of Workforce Programs, Lynn Beyer at

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