Introducing our first cohort of Apprentice Trailblazers!

Posted On: November 16, 2023

Congratulations to the first cohort of 57 youth apprentices and recent apprenticeship graduates chosen to serve as Apprentice Trailblazers.  Apprentice Trailblazers and their Registered Apprenticeship sponsors will work cooperatively with DOL and 303 Apprenticeship Ambassadors to help diversify and expand Registered Apprenticeship.

From this first cohort, the Apprentice Trailblazers have committed to the following:

37 are willing to serve as a speaker at DOL events or panels promoting Registered Apprenticeship

24 will promote Registered Apprenticeship on social media

43 will assist in creating peer apprentice working groups within their organization, community, or industry to promote Registered Apprenticeship

48 will provide success stories and testimonials regarding Registered Apprenticeship

46 will brainstorm ideas and provide feedback on strategies to help modernize, strengthen, diversify, and expand Registered Apprenticeship

44 will help educate potential apprentices and career seekers on the benefits of Registered Apprenticeship

45 will help recruit additional Apprentice Trailblazers

37 will join the DOL Office of Apprenticeship Industry Groups and other activities supporting Registered Apprenticeship.

First Cohort:

Hussein Abukar, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Shayden Ryoma Aoyagi, CVS Health

Lydia Arthurs, Zurich NA 

Joshua Baxley, Ziehl-Abegg

Bryce Bongiovanni, Miller Electric Company

Chloe Bonoffski, MACNY, The Manufacturers Association of Central NY

Kasey Bowhay, Spirit Aerosystems Inc.

Jorielyn Bunao, New Jersey Health Care Employers

Omar de Jesus Bustillo, Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority

Samantha Butler, North Atlantic States Carpenters Training Fund

Gabriela Caballero, Aon Corporation

Jessica Ceballos, UW Health

Katherine Chalaco, New Jersey Health Care Employers

Hunter Childers, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Joey Cook, Collegiate Edu-Nation

Naomi Cruz, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Samuel Darby, Plasser American Corporation

Aurora Decker, Apprenti Tennessee

Pablo Torres Diaz, The Hartford

Alexa Dominguez, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Courtney Driscoll, Newport News Shipbuilding

Ethan Foote, Dick Anderson Construction

Kayla Franklin, Miller Electric Company

Isabel Gallegos, Nor Cal Carpenters Training

Richanel Garcia, New Jersey Health Care Employers

Erikah Garnett, CareerWise Colorado

Jose Florian Gudiel, Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority

Claire Harrington, Nor Cal Carpenters Training

Miranda Hart, The Hartford

Paige Hartman, Miller Electric Company

Jahbria Horsley, North Atlantic States Carpenters Training Fund

Jahvion Johnson, Miller Electric Company

Matthew Kanhai, Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority

Luis Lebron-Flores, New Jersey Health Care Employers

Alexis Levett, Miller Electric Company

Itzel Prieto Lopez, Nor Cal Carpenters Training

Tamia Mack, OpenClassrooms Inc

Landon Malanoski, MACNY, The Manufacturers Association of Central NY

Luis Mencias, IBM

Fatinah Muhammad, South Carolina State University

Malik Myles, I.E.C. Chesapeake Apprenticeship & Training, Inc.

Amber Sage Oliver, Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 67 JATC

Jacob Pedersen, Cherry Creek Innovation Campus

Matthew Phoebus, Newport News Shipbuilding

Alisa Plotnikov, The Hartford

Treyvon Ratcliff-Hayes, Eastern Atlantic States Carpenters Technical College

Linus Sante, Center for Economic Growth

Raegan Smalls, ACC Career Training Institute (Project WRAP)

Aubrey Stickel, American Electric Power/IBEW

Cole Stratten, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Zackery Venturi, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Jonathan Rafael Viera, Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority

Charley Villegas, NAGRA

Levar Williams, Miller Electric Company

Jared Winfield, Puget Sound Electrical JATC

Joshua Wingrove, Apprenti Louisiana

Taylor Zammiello, MACNY, The Manufacturers Association of Central NY