Warwick, R.I. – January 18, 2012, – On January 16th, Atrion Networking Corporation, a leading IT Services Provider, launched the third official class of its Apprenticeship Program.
“As the Apprentice Program has grown,” said Jamie Boughman, Apprentice Program manager, “We have worked diligently to pull together a greater structure and a robust curriculum following a path to modularization.” The program has evolved and developed over the past two years in response to a growing need for talent to accommodate the business acceleration at Atrion. As the new round of apprentices begins in January, Atrion is poised to explore state recognition of the program, which would be the first information technology Apprenticeship in the state of RI, with the state Department of Labor and Training.
The Apprentice Program is a vehicle that develops the strong technical and people skills needed of its engineers, provides apprentices with recognized credentials, and invests in their long-term skill-sets. At the cusp of this third round of apprentice candidates, the program has become recognized for its success by people, businesses, and news outlets.
In November, Providence Business News highlighted the apprentice program in a Technology Focus section. Following this coverage, a December issue of The Providence Journal featured Atrion’s Apprentice Program on the front page of the Sunday paper. Other notable mentions have been cropping up online as well. Most recently, Arrive Magazine (click on “Business Class”), focusing on Northeast business and business travel, highlighted Atrion on its cover with an article on “how to skip the struggle and get hiring right.”
Atrion Apprentices go through a rigorous hiring process. More than 200 candidates applied or were reviewed. People Services contacted 70 candidates requesting a 500 word writing sample on their passion for technology and their goals over the next ten years. These candidates also received a technical challenge to complete in a week. About 60 of these applicants when through a phone-screen process which resulted in 40 face-to-face interviews. Finally, 18 candidates were invited to attend the all-day interview in December 2011, and from there 10 people were chosen to begin the program on January 16th.
The new apprentice class, who were announced in today’s Providence Journal, are Benjamin Harris-Kornblith, Charles L. Cloutier III,; Christopher Phung, John P. Morelli, Jonathan Aponte, Michael Angus, Steven Santos, V. Marcus Tarducci, Louis Terranova, Matthew G. Keefe.
Established in 1987, Atrion is an IT Services Provider that designs, deploys and manages business-driven information technology solutions for AlwaysOn performance. With a dedicated focus on our clients, we accelerate business productivity and growth with full-scale customized technology solutions including: consultation, project management, training and education, telephony, software and application services, equipment procurement, local and wide area networks, and managed services. Atrion’s SMB division provides small and medium-sized businesses comprehensive IT and hosting services at a competitive price point and Atrion Carrier Services offers multi-vendor voice and data, network, consulting and contract negotiation services. Atrion’s 1nService affiliation allows it to service companies locally and internationally. We are a Cisco Gold Partner, Microsoft Gold Partner, consecutive-year Inc. 5000 and VAR 500 recipient, and a Providence Business News 2011 Best Place to Work Company.
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