Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard graduates 132 apprentices

Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility graduated 132 apprentices from its apprentice program at a ceremony on Friday.

The graduates, representing 25 shops and 19 trades, completed four-year, full-time, paid apprenticeships that combined academic study with on-the-job work experience.

They earned associate’s degrees from Honolulu Community College and as well as certification in their respective trades from the Navy and U.S. Department of Labor.

Graduates transitioned to mechanic or journey worker status in Shipyard jobs paying an average of nearly $30 an hour.

The Shipyard’s first apprentice class graduated in 1924, and more than 4,800 journey workers and future leaders have graduated from the program since its inception in 1924.

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