This group of young men and women were the first group that entered into the Apprenticeship Program in March 2019. We call this group the Inaugural Ten: Below we have each of them listed and a short bio of each one.
Thomas Freeman – Thomas Freemen is from the Ford City area. He enjoys sports, drag racing and family. His father is a retired vet and his mother is living life! He learned out ab out this opportunity from the newspaper. He was interested in this program for a brighter future for himself. Thomas stated he is willing to learn.
John Greer – John is from Elgin Crossroads. He enjoys hunting, fishing, Alabama football and NASCAR. His dad works at Constellium. His mom works at ECM East and his sister works at a local hospital. He learned about the apprenticeship opportunity from a teacher that called him.. He was interested in this program to help him in getting a job with insurance. John stated he really enjoys machining.
Josh Lewey – Josh is from Huntsville, but is now living in Muscle Shoals. He enjoys playing golf, motocross, baseball, and football. He has a brother and little sister. His dad is an electrical engineer at the Arsenal. Josh’s mom works for ESPN radio. His instructor, Dudley Vandiver told him about the apprentice program. He decided to apply for the program because he has always wanted to work for TVA and saw this as a great opportunity. He said he is happy to have been given this opportunity.
Hunter Martin – Hunter is from Collinwood, Tennessee. He enjoys college football, hunting, and hiking. His mother works for a bank and his father is a TVA machinist. He has a brother that is also a machinist for a tool & die shop. He learned about the program through his father and newspaper. He decided to pursue this opportunity because after college he wanted a more hands on career. He is excited to become a 3rd Generation Machinist.
Colby Morrow – Colby is from Killen. He enjoys hunting and fishing. His dad is a machinist and welder. His mom is a dental hygienist. He learned about the program from his college instructor. He felt like it was a great opportunity to have a career as a machinist. He said he really enjoys machine work.
Joshua Plunkett – Joshua is from Lexington, Alabama. He enjoys hunting, fishing, anything outdoors, working with farm animals, and going on trips with his family. He learned about the apprenticeship program from several people in the area. He loves machining. He has worked for a few years and believes it would be a life changing opportunity to be in this program. He said to be 19 years old and to be able to get into a program like this at a young age is amazing.
Caleb Richardson – Caleb is from Killen, Alabama. He enjoys bass fishing, country music, trucks, and welding. His mother is a real-estate agent and his father is a senior property manager. He has one brother. He learned about the program through the newspaper. He said this was just a great opportunity. He has been doing machine work since 11th grade and received his Associate Degree in Machine Shop Technology.
Jacob Sewell – Jacob is from Lexington, Alabama. He enjoys music, fishing, anything outdoors, and being involved in church. He dad is a building inspector for Florence and his mom is a retired secretary from Redstone Arsenal. He has a sister in school to become a nurse. Jacob learned about this program from his instructor, Tim Maupin at NW-SCC. He thought it was a great opportunity.
Ivey Terry – Ivey is from Mount Hope, Alabama. She enjoys hiking, hammocking, and reading. She has three siblings, which she is the youngest. Her mom works in the school system. Her sister is currently at Troy for her Masters Degree and her brother is a new dad to her beautiful niece Anniston. She heard about the program through her welding instructor at NW-SCC. She decided to try for this opportunity for the learning experience she would gain and to learn a new trade. She has really enjoyed learning how to operate the machines!
David Willis – David is from Muscle Shoals. He enjoys staying outdoors hunting, fishing, kayaking, or camping. His dad is a boiler operator and his mom works at First Southern Bank. His college instructor told him about the apprenticeship program. He stated it sounded like a great opportunity. He is excited to be 1st Generation Machinist!