Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW) presented the Excellence in Workforce Partnership Award to Longview Public Schools, JH Kelly and IBEW Local 48 for working together developing and building the pre-apprenticeship program for Longview high school students.

Pre-apprenticeship program ribbon cutting ceremony

The pre-apprenticeship program came to existence through the hard work of Jill Diehl, Director of Career and College Readiness, working together with executives from JH Kelly and IBEW Local 48. JH Kelly provided much needed funding and expertise in guiding and developing the program. IBEW Local 48, along with several other trade unions, were instrumental in the planning, curriculum and development of the program.

Longview Public Schools is committed to providing a great education and career options to high school graduates. “With the amazing support of JH Kelly, IBEW 48 and other trade unions, Longview students will graduate high school with the option of direct entry into an apprentice program, enrolling in college or going into the workforce,” said Jill Diehl, Director of Career and College Readiness at the District.

The pre-apprenticeship program is open to students across the school district regardless of the high school they attend.