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Y-12 Apprentice Program graduates first class in almost 30 years


The Y-12 Apprentice Program held the first graduation ceremony in almost 30 years recently at the site's New Hope Center. Nine apprentices, including members of the carpenter's, painter's, insulator's and ironworker and rigger's unions, received their certificates of achievement for on-the-job and classroom training. The program, which was restarted three years ago, currently has 73 participants, and Y-12 is planning on adding machinists to its present list of eight trades. The last graduation ceremony before today was in 1982. Joe Riordan, at right, was recognized by B&W Y-12 Vice President and Deputy General Manager Bill Klemm for receiving his welder's certificate ahead of schedule as Beth Green of Facilities, Services and Infrastructure leads the ceremony.