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WCCC Partners with Cintas for Apprenticeships

Cintas Fire Protection Human Resource representatives have been conducting interviews in March with Warren County Career Center juniors and seniors in Building Trades/Carpentry, Electricity, Heavy Equipment, HVAC, and Welding to inform them about apprenticeship opportunities that can lead to employment in the company.

Jimmy Lewis, 2020 HVAC alum from Franklin and current Cintas Apprentice, visited with seniors at their construction site and shared his internship experience, showcasing his work van, tools, and sharing his success story. Cintas HR Manager Erin Koeninger conducted interviews at the jobsite, and has also conducted interviews, along with Regional HR Manager Shelley Cooper, at the WCCC Lebanon campus.

“I had a wonderful day today meeting with the some of the seniors at their senior lab site,” Ms. Koeninger said. “The students came to their interviews with great questions and lots of enthusiasm to learn about new opportunities. I am looking forward to speaking with more students, and we are making plans to keep in touch with the juniors as they transition into their senior year.”

Jimmy Lewis is in his second year of apprenticeship at Cintas and is focused on a successful career.

“I’m very thankful to have been able to take advantage of the partnership between the Warren County Career Center and Cintas,” he said. “I feel that the apprenticeship program, as well as my time spent at the career center, gave me the tools necessary to succeed in my career here at Cintas. It’s a great opportunity that I, and any future WCCC graduates, should be grateful to have available to us.”

“I am very excited that we had the opportunity to meet students this week both virtually and in person,” National HR Director of Fire Protection Matt Wallace said in an email to the group. “Skilled labor is in a shortage across Ohio and the Fire Protection industry needs more skilled trade workers. We are very pleased to partner with Warren County Career Center and introduce our apprenticeship programs. We look forward to exploring further opportunities for students. Cintas is eager to support the needs of Warren County students as they transition to their next opportunities.“

From left, Carpentry senior Gabe Coppock, Waynesville, Jimmy Lewis, and Cintas Fire Protection HR Manager Erin Koeninger at the job site in Springboro.

Heavy Equipment Junior Kolten DeWine, Springboro, talks with HR Manager Erin Koeninger about apprenticeship opportunities.
HVAC Junior Travis Witt, Little Miami, is interviewed for an apprenticeship by Regional HR Manager Shelley Cooper.

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