Welcoming New Teen Apprentices

The New Bedford Whaling Museum will introduce its new class of Teen Apprentices during a brief ceremony on Monday, October 18, at 4:30 pm, in the Jacobs Family Gallery. The public is cordially invited to attend.

These twelve juniors and seniors, who attend high school in New Bedford, were chosen from a pool of sixty applicants.  They will be working after school, Monday through Thursday through May and will return in the summer for a six hour work day. Mayor Scott W. Lang, Museum President James Russell, returning Apprentice Ryan Wotton, and Robert Rocha, who directs the apprentice program, will address the gathering.

Overseen by the Museum’s Education Department, the Teen Apprentice Program provides a unique opportunity for local youth to learn a variety of museum skills and expand their scholastic horizons. It is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement/Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations (ECHO), the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the Howard Bayne Fund, the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, the United Way of Greater New Bedford, the City of New Bedford Community Development Block Grant Program, and Bank of America.

For more information, contact: Robert Rocha, Science Programs Manager, Tel. (508) 717-6849. rrocha@whalingmuseum.org

The first crew of Apprentices, at their Museum commencement in May.

The Teen Apprentice Blog: Greenhands
Check out photos from the Youth Apprentice Program on the NBWM’s Flickr Page.

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