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Apprenticeship 2000 Announces Seven New Grads

Seven more students have graduated from Apprenticeship 2000, a four-year training program sponsored by Blum, Inc. and four other North Carolina companies. The graduation ceremony occurred August 5, 2004 at Blum’s corporate headquarters in eastern Lincoln County. Blum’s corporate partners in the award-winning apprenticeship program are Max Daetwyler Corp. of Huntersville, which co-founded the program with Blum in 1995, Ameritech Die and Mold, Inc. of Mooresville, Sarstedt Inc. of Newton and The Timken Company of Iron Station. Also sponsoring the program are the North Carolina Department of Labor and Central Piedmont Community College. Blum, Inc. sponsored five of the 2004 graduating class, with Timken sponsoring two. Each graduate earned an associate’s degree in general occupational technology from Central Piedmont Community College and journeyman certification from the North Carolina department of Labor. All seven of this year’s graduates are now working for their sponsoring companies. Two of the Blum apprentice graduates, Juan Saldivar of Gaston County and Krongthep Vongviset of Mecklenburg County, were recruited as Blum internal adult apprentices and are working as machine technicians.