The Star Democrat

CBMM wins grant for Shipwright Apprentice Program

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ST. MICHAELS — The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum announced Tuesday, Jan. 4, that it has been awarded more than $30,000 in grant funds from the Rural Maryland Council to support its Shipwright Apprentice Program.

The Maritime Museum has been operating its Shipwright Apprentice Program for more than 20 years, graduating more than 50 apprentice­s. In 2018, the museum began offering a formal four-year apprentice certificat­ion, developed in line with U.S. Department of Labor Employment Training Administra­tion Standards and registered with the Maryland Apprentice­ship and Training Program, a division of Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s Workforce Developmen­t and Adult Learning.

“We believe strongly that we need to improve our local economies and we do that through educationa­l attainment and skill developmen­t, so we are a big supporter of apprentice­ship programs across the state,” said Charlotte Davis, executive director of the Rural Maryland Council.

In a small ceremony this winter, CBMM celebrated the

graduation of Stephen North, the second apprentice to have finished the registered program, which includes 8,000 hours of real work experience­s, as well as leadership and management

skill developmen­t. Through the program, apprentice­s gain a working knowledge that includes skills such as joinery techniques, ship repair, and constructi­on. Post-graduation, North has

joined CBMM as a full-time associate shipwright working on its constructi­on of a new Maryland Dove.

“The public may not see our apprentice­ship program as typical for a ‘museum,’ yet investing in the shipwright craft is a top priority for CBMM and having a certified workforce training program furthers our growing investment in the Eastern Shore and Maryland for generation­s to come,” said the museum’s president and CEO, Kristen Greenaway. “We are very grateful to RMC for its support of our program.”

Establishe­d in 2000, RMC’s Maryland Agricultur­al Education and Rural Developmen­t Assistance Fund offers financial support to rural-serving nonprofit organizati­ons that promote statewide and regional planning, economic and community developmen­t, and agricultur­al and forestry education efforts. The Fund also provides targeted financial assistance to community colleges that support small and agricultur­al businesses through enhanced training and technical assistance offerings.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit educationa­l organizati­on with the mission of preserving and exploring the history, environmen­t, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all.

 ?? CONTRIBUTE­D PHOTO ?? Stephen North holds up his certificat­e of completion from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Shipwright Apprentice­ship Program. From left, celebratin­g North’s graduation are Richard Bodorff, chair of CBMM’s Board of Governors; Kristen Greenaway, CBMM’s president and CEO; Henry Stansbury, an emeritus member of CBMM’s Board; Nancy Appleby, a member of CBMM’s Board of Governors; Charlotte Davis, executive director of the Rural Maryland Council; North, CBMM’s newest associate shipwright; Jennifer Kuhn, CBMM’s shipyard education programs manager; and Bob Zimberoff, Eastern Shore apprentice­ship navigator for the Maryland Apprentice­ship and Training Program.
CONTRIBUTE­D PHOTO Stephen North holds up his certificat­e of completion from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Shipwright Apprentice­ship Program. From left, celebratin­g North’s graduation are Richard Bodorff, chair of CBMM’s Board of Governors; Kristen Greenaway, CBMM’s president and CEO; Henry Stansbury, an emeritus member of CBMM’s Board; Nancy Appleby, a member of CBMM’s Board of Governors; Charlotte Davis, executive director of the Rural Maryland Council; North, CBMM’s newest associate shipwright; Jennifer Kuhn, CBMM’s shipyard education programs manager; and Bob Zimberoff, Eastern Shore apprentice­ship navigator for the Maryland Apprentice­ship and Training Program.

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