By Jeanne Jackson DeVoe
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) received the 2019 Business Partner of the Year award from the Mercer County Technical Schools for its new apprenticeship program, which provides paid on-the-job training and free technical courses to train early-career technicians in cutting edge skills.
Mercer County Technical Schools gave the award to PPPL’ers who helped establish the program at an Oct. 30 event at the school.
“PPPL is very pleased to receive this recognition for our apprenticeship program from the Mercer County Technical Schools,” said Valeria Riccardo, head of engineering, the primary organizer of the program. “This new program is already off to a fine start with four early-career technicians who are hard at work learning the technical skills they will need to work on cutting-edge experiments at our national laboratory.”