When Matt Ryan was younger, he wanted to become a rock star.
“I still want to be a rock star,” said Ryan, now 21, of Hebron. So three years ago, right out of Conner High School, he hired on at Mubea in Florence.
“I needed a real job with commensurate pay and I found Mubea’s apprentice program had all the qualifications,” Ryan said.
In fact, Ryan was one of nine December 2015 graduates of Mubea’s three-year program, which linked up with Gateway Community and Technical College’s general studies and led him to an associate’s degree in electrical engineering and a solid job. Mubea paid for all his time at Gateway, including books and tuition, while he continued a strenuous work schedule at Mubea’s plant in Florence.
“This (electrical technical work) is a big field, and I think, wow, I’m started,” Ryan said.
Currently, 31 apprentices are enrolled at various stages of the program. This July, 10 more will start. All spend part of their time at Gateway and part at one of Mubea’s campus of locations in Boone County. Mubea North America pays the entire tab – schooling plus an hourly wage – and offers apprentices a chance to spend up to three months at the company’s facilities in Germany.
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