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Boatyard workers earn certification through RCC

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Above, from left, are journeyman marine diesel engine mechanic John Walden; journeyman marine electrician Mike McKittrick; journeyman advanced marine technicians Jim Rice, Christy Gray and Caleb Thompson; Mack McCreary; journeyman marine diesel engine mechanic Jon Morris; Tom Walling; and Neal Hoar. McCreary, Walling and Hoar are currently pursuing licensure as journeymen. Not pictured is journeyman rigger Clifton Massey.
Eight employees of Deltaville Boatyard in Middlesex County recently earned certification as “journeymen” in various specialties.

This certification, from the Virginia Department of Labor, recognizes between 2,000 and 4,000 hours of on-the-job training and over 500 hours of completed class work.

A number of the classes were made available through Rappahannock Community College’s Workforce Development Office. “Many different occupations are apprentice-able,” said RCC vice president of workforce development Nancy Lloyd, “and we will be adding millwright apprenticeships to our offerings in the near future.”

posted 11.18.2009

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