The Y-12 Apprentice Program recently celebrated its third graduating class as 27 participants gained their journeyman status.
Each graduate spent three to four years with a journeyman and attended between 144 and 246 hours of classroom training each year on his or her own time, usually in the evenings at local union halls.
Those graduating include Adam Braden, Daniel Brown, Jessica Griffin, Kevin Christmas, Benjamin Dickerson, Erin Earley, David Gates, Chris Hackworth, Jason Harris, Richard Henry, Raymond Hutzler, Kristie Lee, Michael Lopez, Lee McCurry, Tommy Melhorn, Donna, Whitson Cinnamon Williams and Zachary Yost as electricians; Lance Branum and Brandon Gibson as pipe fitters; Jonathan Bowling, Joshua Howard, Rodney Howard and Benjamin Kerwin as HVAC technicians; Samuel Irwin and David White, Jr. as insulators; and Joseph Riordian as a welder.
Lance Branum (at right) receives congratulations on achieving his journeyman status as a pipe fitter from father Jim, (at left) a Y-12 pipe fitter. Lance makes the fourth generation of Branums working at Y-12.
Y-12 apprentice graduate Jessica Griffen receives congratulations on achieving her journeyman status as an electrician from husband Gabriel and their four-month-old daughter Berkley.
Y-12 apprentice graduate David Gates shows son Lucas the certificate of achievement he received at the recent ceremony. Gates, now a journeyman electrician, was one of the 27 Y-12 apprentice graduates.