Pratt & Whitney Employees Complete Apprenticeship Program

May 26, 2017

Courtesy Photo: Graduates celebrated their accomplishments at an event held on May 11 at Spring Hill in Berwick. (Back Row: Left to Right) Patrick Regan – General Manager North Berwick Aero Systems, Brandon Ouellette, Eric Matheson, Lauren Johnson, Kenneth Holland, Nicholas Carll, Brian Brown, Thomas Ledoux, Timothy McGovern, Michael Papp – Pratt & Whitney Manufacturing Operations Vice President (Front Row: Left to Right) Wesley Ouellette, Shane St. Laurent, Aaron Lemay, Caitlin Brooks, Jeremy Normand, Christopher Molleur.

YCCC and Pratt & Whitney are pleased to announce that 14 Pratt & Whitney employees have completed the Apprenticeship Program and graduated from YCCC on May 13, 2017 with an associate’s degree in Trade & Technical Occupations.

YCCC is a member of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium (RACC) and this is the first cohort to complete this unique Apprenticeship Program.  Graduates completed 8,000 hours of on-the-job training, along with non-credit training and college credit courses offered through YCCC. This follows the state and national standards for registered apprenticeship programs.

“YCCC is very proud of our partnership with Pratt & Whitney. The students in the Apprenticeship program combine real time work experience with college classes to earn an Associate’s degree.” said Paula Gagnon, YCCC vice president and Dean of Academic Affairs. “We are fortunate in the state of Maine to have a state-sanctioned Apprenticeship Program where in three or four years students earn either 18 or 24 credits and achieve a college credential. Our Pratt & Whitney apprentices have worked hard and have taken their first step in Higher Education.” 

“As Pratt & Whitney North Berwick expands its production capacity, our collaboration with the State of Maine and York County Community College is a crucial part of our employment strategy,” said Mike Papp, Pratt & Whitney Manufacturing Operations Vice President. “Through this apprenticeship program, we created a degree program that is critical in helping us develop our employees’ skills.”

The graduates are: Caitlin Brooks, Sanford; Brian Brown, North Berwick; Nicholas Carll, Waterboro; Kenneth Holland, Springvale; Lauren Johnson, Sanford; Thomas Ledoux, Sanford; Aaron Lemay, Lebanon; Eric Matheson, Springvale; Timothy McGovern, North Berwick; Christopher Molleur, Arundel; Jeremy Normand, Sanford; Brandon Ouellette, Sanford; Wesley Ouellette, Sanford; Shane St. Laurent, Sanford.

York County Community College, established in 1994, is one of seven community colleges in the Maine Community College System. In addition to the more than 1,850 students who are enrolled in its certificate and associate degree programs, it also serves some 1,200 individuals each year through its continuing education, career & professional development, and business training programs.

Pratt & Whitney North Berwick, founded in 1979, has more than 1,700 employees. At 1 million square feet, it’s the largest manufacturing facility in the state of Maine under one roof. The site manufactures world-class modules, components and parts for military and commercial engines including the PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ engines and the F135 engine for the Joint Strike Fighter. Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit its website at www.utc.com, or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.