Eastern Alamance students selected for Career Accelerator Program

Eastern Alamance High School students Jackson Pitts and Darius Ray were among 10 students from throughout Alamance County selected for the fourth annual cohort of the Career Accelerator Program, a partnership between the Alamance-Burlington School System, Alamance Community College, and local businesses. ABSS Superintendent Dr. Bruce Benson and ACC President Dr. Algie Gatewood welcomed the students into the program in a ceremony at Impact Alamance on August 20.

Eastern Alamance High School has two representatives as part of the fourth annual cohort of the local Career Accelerator Program. A partnership between the Alamance-Burlington School System, Alamance Community College, and local corporations, the CAP program provides students with job training, experience, college credits, and ultimately the opportunity to earn a free college degree from Alamance Community College and a salary throughout their apprenticeship. 

EAHS students Jackson Pitts and Darius Ray were two of 10 students from around Alamance County who were selected to participate in CAP starting this year through 2023. Pitts will be serving an apprenticeship with Jabil Packaging Solutions, while Ray will be working as an apprentice with Glen Raven. 

A total of eight local corporations are assisting the local students with apprenticeship opportunities - AKG, Jabil Packaging Solutions, and GKN Driveline of Mebane, Glen Raven, Fairystone Fabrics, and Shalmut Advanced Materials of Burlington, Indulor America of Graham, and Engineered Controls International of Elon. 

In addition to Pitts and Ray, four CAP signees for 2019 were selected from Southern Alamance High School - Izayiah Alston (Engineered Controls International), Nolan Bowden (Fairystone Fabrics), Kaleigh Kutzer (Indulor), and Braden McDaniel (AKG). The other selections are Cummings High School students Miguel Aparicio (GKN Driveline) and Jesus Martinez (AKG), Edgar Castaneda-Salazar of Graham High School (Shawmut), and John Meadows of Williams High School (GKN Driveline). 

On Tuesday, August 20, the 10 new apprentices selected for the program, along with their parents, company sponsors and representatives from the Alamance Chamber of Commerce, held the official signing ceremony at Impact Alamance in downtown Burlington. The students were selected in a rigorous process that will lead to a guaranteed career upon completion of the 4-year program.