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THOS. MOSER TO GRADUATE 3 FROM FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

July 11th, 2007
THOS. MOSER APPRENTICES TO RECEIVE JOURNEYMAN CERTIFICATES FROM MAINE DIGNITARIES ON JULY 11, 2007
Thos. Moser First Company in Maine to Institute Registered Cabinetmaker Apprenticeship Program

AUBURN, MAINE – We are pleased to announce that our first four-year class of apprentices will receive their Journeyman Certificates at a special ceremony at our workshop in Auburn on July 11, 2007. Thos. Moser is recognized as the first company in the state of Maine to institute a registered cabinetmaker apprenticeship program. On hand to award the Certificates to the recipients will be Director of the Bureau of Apprentices Gene Ellis, Commissioner Laura Fortman of the Maine Department of Labor, and Auburn Mayor John Jenkins. The recipients, George Colby, Jr., 28, of New Gloucester, George Estabrook, 49, of Auburn, and Andrew Pinkham, 40, of Oxford, have all been employed at Thos. Moser for between nine and ten years and plan to continue working with the renowned furniture maker upon receiving their certificates.

“The Thos. Moser Apprenticeship Program exemplifies our commitment to fostering and encouraging new talent,” said Mike Blank, Thos. Moser Apprenticeship Committee Chairman. “As a leader in our industry, we take this responsibility very seriously. Additionally, we feel strongly about training our apprentices in all aspects of the business in order to help them become as well rounded as possible. We are pleased to announce that all three graduates of the program have opted to continue on with Thos. Moser and forge their careers with the company.”

The Apprentice Program was created at Thos. Moser in October 2001 and launched in December of 2002. Twenty-nine applicants vied for the eight apprentice positions awarded. Of the original eight, three have succeeded in finishing the program. The program, equivalent to 8,000 hours or four years, offers hands-on training in all aspects of the shop including accounting, building furniture and administration.

Additionally, the company fully covers the cost of classes and books at Central Maine Community College (CMCC) where apprentices are required to take four three-credit courses each year. Apprentices are required to maintain a “C” average to remain in the program. Classes include the core requirements of a liberal arts degree as well as additional courses such as Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), Principles of Supervision, Accounting, and Public Speaking. The course load during the four year program brings each participant to within six credits of an Associates Degree in Trade and Technical Occupation. Thos. Moser will continue to underwrite the cost for each Journeyman to complete their degree.

The next four-year class has recently completed the review and application process, which includes a college placement exam with CMCC as well as evaluation and assessment by supervisors at Thos. Moser. The new apprentices will be named at the July 11, 2007 award ceremony.
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