Portage Lakes Career Center


Junior Welding Student Earns Apprenticeship Opportunity

Congratulations to junior welding student, Allison Everson of Green, who was recently accepted in to a Career Training Program with the Timken Company.  Everson will begin the year-long program this month at the Timken Research Facility in North Canton.


Throughout the summer, Everson will work eight hours a day, five days a week, and then 15-24 hours throughout the week during her senior year.  She will spend approximately 200 hours in five different areas: Green Machining, Inspection, Heat Treat, Prototype Grind, and Metrology.  “Allison’s welding skills are absolutely fantastic, “ said Mike Kapas, Welding instructor at PLCC. “She is a leader and great at fabrication.”

“The Career Training Program is very competitive and students are intensely monitored over the course of the summer and their senior year to see if they will ultimately be selected for the Technical Development Program upon graduation,” said Lisa Clarke, PLCC Job Placement Coordinator. If selected for this four-year program, Allison would become a full-time Timken Research employee, earning an hourly wage, benefits, and 36 paid for college credits toward a Mechanical Engineering Degree at Stark State College.


“It is an honor and a pleasure to be working with a company as respected as Timken,” said Clarke. “I think this program shows the real commitment that Timken has to the local community and to developing young talent, and we at PLCC are so incredibly grateful for such an opportunity.”

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If you are a high school student, please note that you will have several opportunities to visit PLCC during your sophomore year.

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