Motlow develops new apprenticeship pathways

Motlow College recently announced three new apprenticeship opportunities coming for those interested in developing a career in the nursery industry, robotics and automation industry, and municipal water treatment. (File Photo)

EDUCATION — Apprenticeships provide an express lane to stable, high paying jobs. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 94 percent of workers who complete an apprenticeship program retain employment with an average annual salary of $70,000.

Motlow College recently announced three new apprenticeship opportunities coming for those interested in developing a career in the nursery industry, robotics and automation industry, and municipal water treatment. Motlow staff developed the apprenticeships by focusing on its 11-county area’s specific needs. The new apprenticeships were announced this week in conjunction with National Apprenticeship Week, which happens annually on November 8-14.

Apprenticeships offer an alternative to traditional college degrees and certifications where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce. Individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a nationally-recognized, portable credential. Apprenticeship is a proven training program used to recruit, train, and retain world-class talent, and each program is registered and validated by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Motlow will use local workforce development funds and grant funds to work with agriculture industry partners throughout Warren County to develop that program. Apprentices will complete 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and 200 hours of classroom instruction.

The Municipal Water Treatment apprenticeship is being developed in cooperation with the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts. The program is still in the development stages, and municipal water treatment plants throughout the service area are encouraged to consider joining the apprenticeship program once details are finalized.

Automation and Robotics apprenticeship will offer participants a unique opportunity, acquiring a portion of their on-the-job training component while also completing their classroom requirements at the Automation & Robotics Training Center in McMinnville.

Motlow invites any industry interested in partnering to create other apprenticeship opportunities to reach out by emailing motlowtrained@mscc.edu. •

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UT Extension: Farmers affected by pandemic should apply for CFAP2

Commodities such as beef cattle and dairy are eligible under this second round of pandemic assistance for farmers. Breeding stock is not eligible, according to the USDA. (File Photo)

STATE AG NEWS — Are a Moore County farmer or producer who has been directly impacted by the pandemic? If so, local UT Extension County Director Larry Moorehead encourages you to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2. Implemented by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the program seeks to support agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and additional costs associated with COVID-19.

CFAP 2 follows the first round of CFAP, which had an application period of May 26 through September 11. USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21 through December 11, 2020.

CFAP 2 payments will be made for three categories of commodities: price trigger commodities, flat-rate crops, and sales commodities.

Price trigger commodities are major commodities that meet a minimum five-percent price decline over a specified period of time. Price trigger commodities eligible for CFAP 2 include broilers, eggs, dairy, and livestock such as beef cattle, hogs, pigs, lambs, and sheep. Breeding stock are not eligible for CFPA2.

“This will pay on your cattle inventory between April 16 and August 31,” County Director Moorehead explained. “This deal does not include your cows, just your marketable calves or heifers that have not calved.”

Moorehead explains that once a heifer produces a calf, she’s considered a cow and is no longer eligible under the federal guidelines.

Crops such as barley, corn, sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers, upland cotton, and all classes of wheat are eligible as price trigger commodities.

Flat-rate crops are also eligible. These either do not meet the five-percent price decline trigger or do not have data available to calculate a price change and include alfalfa, amaranth grain, buckwheat, canola, Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton, crambe (colewort), einkorn, emmer, flax, guar, hemp, indigo, industrial rice, kenaf, khorasan, millet, mustard, oats, peanuts, quinoa, rapeseed, rice, sweet rice, wild rice, rye, safflower, sesame, speltz, sugar beets, sugarcane, teff, and triticale.

Sales commodities eligible for CFAP 2 include specialty crops, aquaculture, nursery crops and floriculture, and other commodities not included in the price trigger and flat-rate payment categories. These include ornamental fish, goat’s milk, Christmas trees, cut flowers, honey, tobacco, wool and other items. For a complete list, click here.

Commodities such as hay, grazing crops, equine, breeding stock, pets, and animals raised for game purposes are not eligible.

USDA will accept application through December 11, 2020 and you may view the application by clicking here.

Forms are also located at the local UT Extension office located inside the Moore County Building at 241 Main Street, Suite 214. You may also contact Director Moorehead at 931-759-7163 or 931-580-6073 for more information or with questions. •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Lynchburg, Tennessee. We cover Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}