Chamber Awards First Pre-Apprentice at Annual Christmas Luncheon

Over 200 guests attended the chamber’s Christmas luncheon on Friday, December 14. Grateful for such high attendance for this and all events in 2018, the chamber took the opportunity to thank members for their support over the past year.

This year’s luncheon theme was workforce development. Those in attendance included Eileen Cipriani, Deputy Secretary for PA Labor & Industry and Carol Kilko, Special Assistant for Agency Development Initiatives for PA Department of Community and Economic Development. Cipriani and Kilko spoke about the importance of apprenticeships and how the Hanover model is ideal for community apprenticeship programs. At the conclusion of the day’s festivities, Eric Ramsay, Director of PA Apprenticeship & Training Office, presented a certificate of completion to Zach Neighoff from Elsner Engineering. Neighoff is currently employed as an apprentice with Elsner engineering, and according to Ramsay, is the first pre-apprentice in manufacturing to be recognized by the commonwealth.

Lisa Dennis, Eileen Cipriani, Bruce Lee, Zach Neighoff, Eric Ramsay, Carol Kilko, Bert Elsner, Gary Laird

Neighoff started working as a paid apprentice at Elsner Engineering Works after graduating from South Western School District in spring of 2018. He was the first pre-apprentice to graduate from the Hanover Apprenticeship program.

South Western career counselor Lisa Dennis is proud of Neighoff and all he has accomplished at the start of his career, “Zach always seemed to be so appreciative of the opportunity to participate in a pre-apprenticeship program. He went into this whole-heartedly and took advantage of this great experience. He has certainly set the standard for future candidates and he has been a great first pre-apprentice for our school and the Hanover community. We are extremely proud of Zach and look forward to following his career progression at Elsner.”

Congratulations to Zach on a positive start to a fulfilling career in manufacturing!