I extend to each of you a warm welcome! The Apprentice School is
an educational and career opportunity unlike any other. Since 1919
the school has maintained its traditional roots as a trade school,
but proudly includes a modern college curriculum that challenges
many institutions of higher learning. With a high tech campus, world
renowned academic program, relevant and transferable industrial
experience, and a multitude of ancillary student activities, including
intercollegiate athletics, you will make a fine choice in coming
to our program. My name is Everett Jordan, and I am the Director
of The Apprentice School, but most of all, I am also a graduate
of The Apprentice School.
When you choose to come to The Apprentice School, you will
You will benefit by gaining transferable experience in
industry. You will join more than 750 current apprentices
pushing new boundaries of achievement and exploring new opportunities
in a complex and challenging workplace while you proudly build and
maintain nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines for the
United States Navy that will defend our country for decades to come
– all along, under the watchful eye of a craft mentor (supervisor)
that is also him/herself a graduate of the program.
You will benefit by obtaining an academic degree. During
your 4 or 5 year apprenticeship (depending on the option you choose),
you will earn while you learn. You will take an academic load of
college tuition free classes while “on-the-clock” that will be of
value to you wherever your future aspirations might take you. We
offer associate degree tracks in either Business or Engineering.
Also, as the school is fully accredited, your classes are fully
transferable to other institutions if you plan to continue your
You will benefit by being a part of a dynamic student body that
is involved in a multitude of activities outside the craft and academic
arenas. The students at The Apprentice School have a rare, contagious
enthusiasm and pride in their School. In the numerous student organizations
and in the School’s six Division III-level intercollegiate sports,
apprentices embrace activities that create lifelong friendships
and memories, while developing the personal qualities and interpersonal
skills needed to meet the challenges of a great career.
The Apprentice School is privileged to have a caring faculty and
staff that hope to make you feel comfortable in our learning and
work environment. More than 100 faculty and staff deliver 20 different
programs and over 75 course offerings that will enable you to gain
not only the skills, knowledge, and pride of workmanship, but also
the educational foundation and personal qualities needed to fully
meet the challenges of a shipbuilding career. As you browse our
website, I encourage you to learn more about The Apprentice School
and the possibilities of taking the next step into a promising future
and rewarding career.
Everett H. Jordan Jr.
Director, The Apprentice School
To contribute to the profitability and growth of Newport
News Shipbuilding by recruiting, training, and developing men and
women for careers in shipbuilding.
To provide the Company with a continuous supply of journeypersons
who possess the skills, knowledge, and pride of workmanship which have
traditionally distinguished the shipbuilding craftsman.
To develop a core of leadership principles in all students along
with the character and technical competence that is required to fully
meet the challenges of a shipbuilding career.
The Apprentice School
Newport News, VA 23607