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Apprentice Program Application Deadline is Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 26, is the final day for high school juniors and seniors to turn in applications for our High School Apprenticeship Program. Students in New Bedford High School, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, New Bedford Global Learning Charter Public School and Fairhaven High that are receiving free or reduced lunch are eligible to apply. We may be hiring as many as eight new apprentices to join the team with our four returning apprentices. The program takes place Tuesday – Friday, from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm during the school year. The 2012-2013 apprentice program will begin on Tuesday, October 9.
Applications are available at all of the schools listed above, at our front desk and on our website www.whalingmuseum.org/learn/opportunities.  For more information call Science Director, Robert Rocha, (508) 717-6849 or email rrocha@whalingmuseum.org.

High School Apprentices – Present and Future

August 17 marked the final day of the 2011-2012 High School Apprentice Program. From the first day, on October 11, until the final, very busy day,Free Fun Friday, on August 17, the apprentices spent part or all of 127 days at the Museum or participating off-site in something NBWM-related.  In that time, our returning apprentices served as mentors for the new apprentices and worked directly with several staff members on a variety of projects and events. Our new apprentices grew to know our Museum and our region’s important role in early American history. All apprentices worked in our galleries, staffed museum events and served as junior ambassadors. This summer they did reciprocal programs with teens from other facilities, such as Woods Hole Science Aquarium, Franklin Park Zoo and Boston Museum of Science.

To quote first year apprentice Gustin Froias, “As teen apprentices we do various tasks around the museum and have learned a variety of useful skills. We can do things such as leading a tour, setting up for events, and basic museum care taking have become common tasks for us to accomplish.”

Seven students graduated from high school in June. One has left to serve in the United States Army. The other six have been accepted to college: MA College of Pharmacy, U.Mass-Dartmouth, LDS Business School (Utah) and Bristol Community College. We are proud of all of them and wish them well.

As our seniors move on, so does the High School Apprentice Program. We have four students who will return for their senior year, leaving us with openings for eight deserving students in 11th and 12th grade. We are looking for students with a curiosity about a variety of subjects, who can be team players yet work on their own when needed. Students should be receiving free or reduced lunch at their school. Students from New Bedford High, Greater NB Voc-Tech, Global Learning Charter, and for the first time, Fairhaven High, are eligible.

We are accepting applications through September 26.  They can be found on the Learn page of our website, at the Museum’s front desk, through the school’s Co-op/College and Coordinator/Dean of Students office, or by calling Robert Rocha at 508-717-6849.

GNB Voc-Tech students’ skills shine at the Whaling Museum

Mark Leary, Korey Martin and Dana Costa install custom doors and panels made by GNB Voc-Tech carpentry students for “Scrimshaw: Shipboard Art of the Whalers” opening May 13, 2pm.

Building the many and varied display cases needed for the world’s largest scrimshaw exhibit would have been a daunting task were it not for the students of Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School. Voc-Tech’s carpentry classes fabricated more than 29 custom doors and viewing panels for the new gallery, set to open to the public on Mothers Day, Sunday, May 13 at 2:00 p.m.

James Russell, museum president, lauded the students’ work, noting “How great is it that much of what we admire in the museum’s collection was made by master craftsmen! Today, skilled students from Voc-Tech are back at the museum, helping to build exhibits that house these masterpieces – to be enjoyed by New Bedford residents and visitors for years to come.”

The museum’s staff, designers and carpenters worked with GNB Voc-Tech’s coordinator of construction projects, Robert Gomes, and carpentry teacher, Donald Derosiers, on the exacting specifications for the elaborate cabinetry required to exhibit hundreds of rare examples of scrimshaw – the 19th century shipboard art of whalers. Students utilized the school’s state-of-the-art CNC (computer numerical control) milling machinery to create the seamless doorframes and panels.

Master carpenter, Dana Costa, rebuilt and refitted existing museum cases and installed the Voc-Tech components with the assistance of Mark Leary and Korey Martin.

The exhibit opening caps the museum’s 23rd annual Scrimshaw Weekend, May 11-13, which attracts scrimshaw experts, collectors and fans from around the world. Titled Scrimshaw: Shipboard Art of the Whalers, the exhibit is curated Dr. Stuart M. Frank, Senior Curator, with the assistance of museum volunteers John Antones, Richard Donnelly, Michael Gerstein, Vasant Gideon, Judith Lund, Barbara Moss, Sanford Moss, Catherine Reynolds and James Vaccarino.

The largest permanent exhibit of its kind, Scrimshaw: Shipboard Art of the Whalers coincides with the launch of a major new book on scrimshaw, titled Ingenious Contrivances, Curiously Carved: Scrimshaw in the New Bedford Whaling Museum by Dr. Frank – a 400-page reference with more than 700 photographs by Richard Donnelly.

Admission to the Sunday opening of the scrimshaw exhibit and book launch: regular admission rates apply. In honor of Mother’s Day, mothers are admitted free when accompanied by at least one member of her family.

2011-2012 Whaling Museum Apprentices

Back row: Carlos, John, Amber, Sharmaine, Gustin, Mark, Alfredo, Science Director Bob Rocha. Front row: Vanessa, Raven, Peightyn, Erica, Melanie

The Museum’s apprentices were formally welcomed on Tuesday, October 25 by Museum staff, Trustees and volunteers, apprentice family members, representatives of New Bedford Public Schools, City Councillor Steve Martins and Mayor Scott Lang.  Five of our apprentices, John Antunes, Melanie DeJesus, Peightyn Riley, Mark Ste. Rose and Carlos Velazquez are returning for their second year with us. They are working directly with Museum staff.  Our seven new apprentices, Vanessa Alves, Erica Andrade, Sharmaine Flint, Gustin Froias, Amber Martin, Raven Medeiros-Neves and Alfredo Parilla have started their training and behind-the-scenes immersion as to how our museum operates.

Nine of these students attend New Bedford High School; three of them attend Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School. Our new apprentices were chosen from a pool of 52 applicants. We’re very happy to have them as part of our team.