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Cummins partners with Ben Davis High School for its first youth apprenticeship program

Posted: 2:48 PM, Oct 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-30 13:32:21-04
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INDIANAPOLIS — Central Indiana high school students will have the opportunity to get a head start in securing a high-paying job through a new partnership with Cummins Inc.

Cummins announced its first Youth Technician Apprenticeship Program, approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, in partnership with Area 31 Career Center at Ben Davis on Tuesday. The Area 31 Automotive Program, however, is the second Cummins Youth Technician Program in the nation.

Through the work-based learning program, qualified students will gain experience in the automotive and diesel fields. The program is designed to help students obtain certifications and resources that will help assist them in making informed decisions about future career paths.

Area 31 serves high school students from Avon, Ben Davis, Brownsburg, Cascade, Danville, Decatur Central, Monrovia, Mooresville, Plainfield, Speedway, and Tri-West.

"This program provides high school students with the chance to build valuable skills in a technical field with extraordinary career opportunities," Ken Hurst, Cummins Area Manager for the Indianapolis and Evansville Sales and Service Branches, said. "Our service technicians are a critical part of our business, and they're the experts who keep the equipment running that keeps America's economy moving."

Patrick Biggerstaff, Area 31's Director, said he believes this is "a perfect example of how the industry and local can work together to prepare the workforce of tomorrow."