Two years ago, when then Grandview High School junior Matthew Burnett would join his mother for dinner, he had very little to say. Quiet and reserved, Burnett rarely uttered more than a few sentences. Today, his mom is barely able to get a word in: As one of five apprentices at Centennial’s Mikron Group, which creates and builds customized automation machines for manufacturing lines, Burnett has a lot to talk about, like the machine parts he designed for advanced medical devices or how things are going with his co-workers and fellow apprentices.
Started in the summer of 2016, Mikron’s apprenticeships are now a part of CareerWise. The Colorado initiative, officially launching this month, will place 116 high school juniors in state- and industry-sponsored apprenticeship programs. CareerWise will train students like Burnett in professional fields such as IT, advanced manufacturing, business operations, and financial services while they simultaneously earn their high school …
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