Virginia-based Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) has officially opened its new Apprentice School, located at 3101 Washington Ave. in downtown Newport News.
The 90,000-square-foot building triples the school’s instructional space with facilities that include eight computer labs, two video teleconferencing classrooms, a physics lab and a 600-seat gymnasium.
The school currently accommodates about 850 apprentices and provides office and workspace for faculty, adjunct faculty and staff. In addition to the school, the project includes workforce housing, retail space and a parking garage.
The Apprentice School accepts about 250 apprentices a year and offers four- to eight-year, tuition-free apprenticeships in 19 trades and eight advanced programs. Apprentices work a regular 40-hour week and are paid for all work, including time spent in class. The academic program provides the opportunity to earn associate degrees in business administration, engineering and engineering technology.