- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Marshall University program has been awarded nearly $5 million to expand its apprenticeship program nationwide.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded the money to the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing.

The National Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Program at the institute will use the money to broaden existing apprenticeships and promote advanced manufacturing pre-apprenticeships for underrepresented groups such as women, transitioning military personnel and disadvantaged youth.

The university says the institute will provide standardized, industry-endorsed, online instruction and on-the-job learning for companies in multiple states. The RCBI program will serve at least 1,000 apprentices and 415 pre-apprentices across the United States.

The university says the effort will make apprenticeships more affordable to employers and more accessible to employees and individuals considering careers in manufacturing.

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