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The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week with informative and interactive events about becoming a paid PPPL apprentice and learning the skills to obtain nationally recognized credentials needed for a career as a clean energy fusion technician.

PPPL’s apprenticeship program – the nation’s first registered apprenticeship program in fusion energy and engineering – is designed to equip the next generation of technicians with the skills necessary to help build and operate a fusion energy experiment. The program is an industry-driven high quality career pathway for high school graduates and veterans and takes four years to complete.

Those interested in hearing more about the benefits of the program from apprentices, mentors and training can register for “A Day in the Life of a PPPL Apprentice,It will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Future applicants and anyone interested in learning more about starting an apprenticeship program are welcome to attend this virtual event 

The panel discussions will also include Program Manager Diana Adel and Laboratory Director Steven Cowley, as well as Sen. Andrew Zwicker, a physicist who is the head of STEM Education and Strategic Partnership at PPPL, and Michael Blatt, state director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeships.

Other PPPL apprenticeship program events this week include “In High School and Don’t Know What to Do Next?” held on Thursday, Nov. 17, a program that is geared toward high school students, families, faculty, organizations, and any inquiring minds. The one-hour event begins at 10 a.m. and ends with a fusion science demonstration. Another one-hour program overview “What is the PPPL Apprenticeship Program and Is It Right for Me?” will also be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17.

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More information about other National Apprenticeship Week events happening throughout New Jersey between now and Nov. 20, can be found on the U.S. Department of Labor’s website here.