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Smithsburg High Students On the Job Through Youth Apprenticeship Maryland

Posted February 28, 2018

HAGERSTOWN, MD (February 28, 2018) – Two juniors from Smithsburg High School became apprentices through the Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) Youth Apprenticeship Maryland Program in January. Each student will complete 450 hours of mentored on-the-job instruction at a participating employer. 

Sam Pietrzak and Gregory Spear are both shop assistants at Bikle Manufacturing. Bikle Manufacturing in Smithsburg is a machining business providing machine tool rebuilding and other custom fabrication services.

WCPS Youth Apprenticeship Maryland brings WCPS students and employers together to create a pipeline of skilled and qualified labor by providing on-the-job training and related classroom instruction to eligible high school students. 

Washington County Public Schools is building partnerships with local employers as part of the Youth Apprenticeship Maryland Program. For information on how to become a partnering employer, more information is available on the WCPS website at or by calling Wendy Moore, Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator, at 301-766-2822.