“The entire JCB team is extremely proud of Devin. This achievement represents his hard work, knowledge, and leadership in helping other students succeed,” said Tonya Poole, vice president of Human Resources at JCB North America. “His diligence and integrity, coupled with the training he is receiving through the JCB Manufacturing Skills Apprenticeship Program, has prepared him to compete alongside other outstanding students in the statewide competition.”
Prior to his apprenticeship at JCB and enrollment at Savannah Tech, Bass served in the U.S. Army for five years, earning several commendations for outstanding leadership and service. He will graduate from Savannah State in the fall with an associate of applied science degree in Industrial Maintenance Systems and Precision Manufacturing.
“In preparing for the competition, the coursework at Savannah Tech, along with the knowledge and hands-on experience I have gained from working at JCB has been invaluable,” said Devin Bass. “It’s an honor to represent our community at the statewide competition and I feel well-equipped thanks to the teachers and mentors who have invested in me.”
JCB North America offers the only manufacturing apprenticeship program of its kind in coastal Georgia. The program recruits high school and college graduates for a paid, three-year curriculum that spans all areas of construction equipment manufacturing operations and includes on-the-job training at JCB and classroom learning at Savannah Tech.