Posted on Monday, October 2, 2017

Achievement of JTCC Alum Celebrated at Rolls-Royce Crosspointe

Submitted by Holly Walker, PR Manager, John Tyler Community College

CAPTION: JTCC alum put his degree and apprenticeship skills to work for Rolls-Royce’s plant in Prince George County.

Rolls-Royce Crosspointe in Prince George County is celebrating a first thanks to Jonathan Donner. Donner, who is both a graduate of and a current student at John Tyler Community College, recently completed a comprehensive apprenticeship program at Rolls-Royce Crosspointe and received his Journey Worker Card for Advanced Manufacturing Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining. To achieve this goal, he performed 8,000 hours of on-the job training, as well as earned a Certificate in Precision Machining from John Tyler. 

According to a company news release, “Donner’s accomplishment as Journey Worker-turned full-time employee is a first and important new milestone at Rolls-Royce Crosspointe.”

Donner began Tyler’s Precisions Machining program while a junior in high school and completed it while working at Rolls-Royce. During his senior year of high school, he became an intern in Rolls-Royce’s Advanced Manufacturing CNC Machining apprentice program, and he later registered as an apprentice.

In a company news release, Donner calls the opportunity, “life-changing.” As an employee of Rolls-Royce, he receives tuition reimbursement support, so he decided to continue his education at John Tyler. Once he graduates with his associate degree in mechanical engineering technology, he wants to transfer to Old Dominion University to compete his bachelor’s degree.

Quoted in the company’s release, Lorin Sodell, manufacturing executive at Rolls-Royce Crosspointe said, “Jonathan embodies everything that Rolls-Royce looks for as we grow our Advanced Manufacturing operations in Virginia. His technical skills from Hermitage Technical Center and John Tyler Community College are an excellent foundation for what we do.” 

Rolls-Royce began its Advanced Manufacturing CNC Machining apprentice program after identifying the need for more skilled CNC machinists. The program is registered through the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry with the support of the Virginia Community College System, Community College Workforce Alliance and John Tyler Community College.

Visit Rolls-Royce’s web site for more information about Donner’s journey and about the Advanced Manufacturing CNC Machining apprentice program at Rolls-Royce.'

Laura Osberger

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