The academic curriculum supports the entire apprentice program
by providing each apprentice with the technical knowledge required
for the mastery of a trade, and an opportunity to obtain an associate
degree in business administration, engineering technology or engineering.
The curriculum provides the educational foundation necessary for
continued growth throughout a career.
Although an apprenticeship may begin at any time of the year, academic
instruction in the World Class Shipbuilder Curriculum and electrical
trade theory courses begins at the start of the next available term.
Other trade theory courses are scheduled as needed and coordinated
with the apprentice's craft training experience. Courses are held
during work hours and apprentices are paid for all classroom attendance.
All apprentices are required to successfully complete all courses
in the World Class Shipbuilder Curriculum (WCSC) and the applicable
courses in the Trade Related Education Curriculum.
The Trades Related Education Curriculum (TREC) consists of courses
designed to support and reinforce the on-the-job training within
an apprentice’s assigned trade. Apprentices who fail
a course in either WCSC or TREC curricula will be subject to release
from their apprenticeship due to academic failure.
Beyond the World Class Shipbuilder and Trade Related Education
Curricula, qualified apprentices may be selected to pursue further
studies in the Optional Pre-Advanced Curriculum (OPAC). OPAC consists
of three additional academic semesters, taken over the course of
one year, through Thomas Nelson Community College. Courses taken
as part of this curriculum provide a foundation for future academics
that are offered as part of one of our Optional Advanced Curricula
(OAC). Apprentices will complete an OAC while participating in one
of six available optional advanced programs that include: Advanced
Shipyard Operations, Cost Estimation, Modeling and Simulation, Marine
Design, Nuclear Test, or Production Planning. Apprentice selection
for the optional advanced programs is based on performance in the
WCSC, TREC, OPAC, and performance in assigned craft areas. As part
of the OAC, Apprentices will complete the requirements for either
an Associate of Science in Business Administration, an Associate
of Science in Engineering, an Associate of Applied Science in Mechanical
Engineering Technology with a Specialization in Marine Engineering,
or an Associate of Applied Science in Electronics Technology with
a Specialization in Electrical Engineering Technology. Degree requirements
will be satisfied by the combination of courses taken through the
Apprentice School, Thomas Nelson Community College, and/or Tidewater
Community College. All of the aforementioned degrees can be pursued
while participating in the Advanced Shipyard Operations, Cost Estimation,
and Production Planning programs. The Associate of Science in Business
Administration cannot be pursued through the Modeling and Simulation,
Nuclear Test, or Marine Design programs.
School Curriculum (Winter 2013)
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The Apprentice School currently has 16 academic instructors who
teach more than 20 courses offered in the World Class Shipbuilder
Curriculum, the Optional Pre-Advanced Curriculum, and the Optional
The Apprentice School has more than 50 craft instructors who teach
small groups of apprentices and supervise the students' production
work in shops and aboard ships. These instructors are qualified
craftsmen chosen for their interest in and aptitude for teaching.
Six Lead Craft Instructors oversee the craft instructors and assist
with the recording of grades, performance evaluations, attendance,
apprentice rotations from one area of the shipyard to another location
and general daily business.
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