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Electrical company offers apprenticeship program

A West Enterprise gives young students the opportunity to learn hands-on while still getting paid through their apprenticeship program. (Source: WALB) A West Enterprise gives young students the opportunity to learn hands-on while still getting paid through their apprenticeship program. (Source: WALB)
Everyone learns a different way. Some through reading and sitting in classes, but others learn best through hands on learning. (Source: WALB) Everyone learns a different way. Some through reading and sitting in classes, but others learn best through hands on learning. (Source: WALB)
"We will work Monday through Wednesday, then come in Friday afternoons and work 12 hours," said Brandon Shiver. (Source: WALB) "We will work Monday through Wednesday, then come in Friday afternoons and work 12 hours," said Brandon Shiver. (Source: WALB)
"Brandon is pretty good. He listens and doesn't get too frustrated really. I might get frustrated with him, but he doesn't with me," said Steve Cook. "Brandon is pretty good. He listens and doesn't get too frustrated really. I might get frustrated with him, but he doesn't with me," said Steve Cook.
"He's got the potential once he graduates to become a foreman and then an assistant superintendent and superintendent like Steve and then on up," said Eddie West, President of A West Enterprise. (Source: WALB) "He's got the potential once he graduates to become a foreman and then an assistant superintendent and superintendent like Steve and then on up," said Eddie West, President of A West Enterprise. (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

The typical four year college education isn't for everyone. 

As jobs in the technical industry are becoming more in-demand, one company is creating opportunities for students to work in the industry and go to school at the same time. 

Everyone learns a different way. Some through reading and sitting in classes, but others learn best through hands on learning. 

A West Enterprise gives young students the opportunity to learn hands-on while still getting paid through their apprenticeship program. 

Brandon Shiver spends his day working on unit sub stations for the marine base. 

"We will work Monday through Wednesday, then come in Friday afternoons and work 12 hours," said Shiver.

He has two days to replace the old unit and install a new one. 

All while working beside his mentor and field supervisor, Steve Cook. 

"It's almost like having a son working with you," said Cook.

Each day Shiver goes into work and trains under Cook. 

"Brandon is pretty good. He listens and doesn't get too frustrated really. I might get frustrated with him, but he doesn't with me," said Cook.

At the end of the week, Cook evaluates him on his work. 

"I have to grade him. If he's not learning I have to tell him you aren't catching onto this. You are doing excellent on this or satisfactory in this part," said Cook.

At then end of the day, Cook can go home. When Shiver leaves, he goes home and hits the books. 

He's becoming a general electrician online so he can grow and one day mentor students like Cook. 

"We plant them. He's got the potential once he graduates to become a foreman and then an assistant superintendent and superintendent like Steve and then on up," said Eddie West, President of A West Enterprise.

It's all part of the apprenticeship program A West Enterprise does through the department of labor. 

The program is four years. During that time Shiver collects a paycheck and gets full benefits. 

"It's a great opportunity. Most of the people here love what they do," said West.

Once he graduates from the program, A West will reimburse his education. 

Right now 15 of the 67 employees at A West are students. West says he's always looking to hire more. Right now there are 20 positions open.  

"I'm very happy with the work I do here. I would encourage people to get here and join," said Shiver,

The program here is something the Dougherty County School System is trying to incorporate with the new career and tech academy. 

They are trying to get students started in programs like the A West Enterprise one at an even earlier age. 

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