Meriwether Cider: Putting The VA Apprenticeship Program To Work

Apprenticeships in Idaho

See how a small cider company met their workforce needs through the use of the GI Bill and the VA Apprenticeship Program.

Meriwether Cider is a family owned and operated hard cider company in Boise, Idaho. They have a taproom in Garden City and a cider house with 20 taps of cider including Meriwether Cider and other ciders from around the country and the world.

Their ciders are made from fresh-pressed Northwest apples as well as innovative flavors such as blackberry, ginger, hopped, and more! Meriwether collaborates with local farms and gardens as much as possible to source their ingredients.

We meet veteran Karlie Russ, apprentice cider-maker at Meriwether Cider. Because the apprenticeship program was an accredited educational program, the GI Bill provided funds to offset her wages. As a result the Leadbetters didn’t have to spend as much on wages as they would for a regular employee.

Karlie grew up on a dairy farm so she was experienced in sanitation. Although she has taken chemistry and microbiology courses, she says the main reason she got the job was because “she’s a farm kid who can wash buckets.”

Karlie appreciated the apprenticeship because she was able to see what she was actually getting into. Although brewing, cider and wine making are amazing, she says a lot of it is sanitation, which she discovered she was okay with.

Find out more about apprenticeships in Idaho.
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Explore your career path in manufacturing!

Rekluse Performance Clutches, founded in 2002 by Al Youngwerth, is the industry leader in innovative motorcycle clutch technology.

Based in Boise, Idaho, the company works with motorcycle race teams to make what the teams want and to improve their products. With an inner passion for making things better, Youngwerth says one of the key values of the company is “Good is not good enough. We can always make something better.”

Created by riders for riders, today Rekluse is the leader in automatic clutches, and Youngwerth’s innovation is trusted by top level off-road racers and enjoyed by everyday enthusiasts.

Watch the manufacturing process, from design to completion, of a machined component of the high performance clutch.

To explore a career path in manufacturing, talk to your college or career counselor today. And check out our American Graduate website for more information.
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Over the next 20 years 800,000 new pilots will be needed worldwide

According to Boeing, 800,000 new pilots will be needed worldwide over the next 20 years. In Bend, Oregon, a community college is preparing students to resolve this critical need — and cultivate their own career success.

Meet student-pilot Beverly Taylor who wanted to get her new career started as quickly as possible. To do so she chose to use her GI bill for pilot training rather than applying to one of the four-year aviation programs around the country.

After nearly 70 hours Beverly got her private pilot’s license, the first step of the long and often expensive path to become a commercial airline pilot. She is currently six months into the two-year pilot training program at Central Oregon Community College in Bend.
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The Governor’s Summit on the Future of Work: Age of Agility

Age of Agility Am Grad Opening TitleThe 2019 Governor’s Summit on the Future of Work: Age of Agility addressed needs for adaptability in the ever changing workforce from both an employer perspective and an employee perspective. As an American Graduate station, Idaho Public Television is proud to share an in depth look at future workforce needs and the challenges industry and educators face to keep pace with the changing landscape of work in America.

View video of the summit.

Career Technical Education Is for Everyone

In Ohio, only four out of every 10 people in the current workforce pool are prepared for the jobs of the future. The Career Path Less Taken looks at innovative career technical education (CTE) programs across the state of Ohio. These programs demonstrate that there are many avenues to skilled jobs that do not require a four-year college degree.

We meet Brittany Ashcraft, a senior, who takes an advanced honors course load, but who is also earning college credit and participating in CTE (pre-engineering) through a community college program. Hands-on learning is more engaging and exciting for students and can lead to better career opportunities. We also know that career-tech students are ready for college and are very successful when they get there.

For young adults who feel uncertain about what lies ahead, The Career Path Less Taken provides them with ideas and options for discovering a rewarding, well-paying career.

Diesel Technology Programs Offer a Lifetime Career Path

A lifetime career path often starts in high school. In the latest video from “American Graduate: Getting to Work,” meet Jeremy Perkins, who is making the most of his education as he pursues becoming a Western States Caterpillar Technician through training at KTEC – Kootenai Technical Education Campus and the College of Western Idaho Western States CAT Tech Program.

KTEC Inspires North Idaho Fabrication Businesses

Metal workers and welders build the backbone of our country. At KTEC – The Kootenai Technical Education Campus in northern Idaho, our American Graduate – Getting to Work team discovers a welding course taught so well it led one student into creating a small business fabricating structural and ornamental pieces for homes and businesses.

Meet Jackson Costa, owner of Costa Fabrication, and check out some of his unique creations in metal.