ABCO Automation hosted a Guilford Apprenticeship Partners (GAP) open house at its facility on November 30, 2017. ABCO had nearly 70 attendees, including 18 students plus family members, Lydia Craddock, transitional career counselor, Rockingham County Schools, and Dr. Kenneth Scott, director of classified personnel/career and technical education, Rockingham County Schools. Brad Kemmerer, CEO and president, ABCO Automation provided a welcome and company overview, and Ernie Collett, ABCO’s manufacturing manager, provided an overview of the GAP program and introduced Jacob Mohan, GAP fabrication apprentice. In addition to the presentations, several ABCO employees provided tours of the ABCO facility, including its machining/fabrication center and two main project assembly and test buildings. ABCO Automation is a charter member of Guilford Apprenticeship Partners. As part of the alliance, ABCO provides apprentice positions for local high school students. For everyone it’s a win-win—ABCO supplements its current manufacturing team, and the students are paid for gaining on the job experience while earning a college education.