News: US Army Reserve partners with Major League Baseball Network to offer Military Apprenticeship Program
Story by Maj. Angela Wallace
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) Employer Partnership Office (EPO) and MLB Network announced a military-friendly apprenticeship program that will provide two members of the Army Reserve work experience at Major League Baseball (MLB) Network beginning today. Under this one-year paid apprenticeship program created by the USAR and MLB Network, the nation’s only 24/7 Major League Baseball television network, Spc. Christopher Tobey and Sgt. Dennis DePrisco will use their military and civilian skill sets to work in MLB Network’s Creative Services and Studio Operations Departments.
Tobey, who is from Tappahannock, Va., and currently serves in the 214th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment (MPAD) of the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, will work in MLB Network’s studio operations department. DePrisco, who is from Thorton, Colo., and currently serves in the 207th Public Affairs Detachment (PAD) of the 416th Theater Engineer Command, will work in MLB Network’s creative services department.
“This is the first official apprenticeship program in the sports broadcasting industry that focuses on hiring soldiers that serve in the Army Reserve,” said Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, the Chief of the Army Reserve. “Veteran hiring initiatives that allow organizations to share great talent are good for the soldier, and good for America.”
“We are proud to join with the U.S. Army Reserve Employer Partnership Office in beginning this apprenticeship program,” said Tony Petitti, President and CEO of MLB Network. “While the participating military personnel can learn about the broadcast industry here at MLB Network, our staff will benefit from the unique perspective these soldiers bring to tasks due to their military training and experience.”
This program was helped formed by the Sports Video Group's Veterans in Production initiative, which helps veterans of the American military more easily begin a career in sports television. The first three months of the program will focus on training in terminology, technology, and equipment used by MLB Network, followed by the opportunity to work in depth on specific disciplines.
About the Employer Partnership Office: The Army Reserve Employer Partnership program launched in 2008 with a mission to connect military-friendly civilian organizations that have employment opportunities to reserve or veteran status job seekers. There are currently has more than 3,700 Employer Partners with the Army Reserve across industries such as law enforcement, medical, and transportation and more than 45,000 job seekers registered with the Employer Partnership Office. For more information visit, www.employerpartnership.org.
About the MLB Network: MLB Network is the nation’s 24/7 television network for baseball fans, featuring the Emmy Award-winning MLB Tonight, live games, including Postseason telecasts, original programming, highlights, and insights and analysis, including Bob Costas, Peter Gammons, Jim Kaat, Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds. MLB Network debuted on Jan. 1, 2009, as the largest launch in cable television history and is currently distributed in approximately 70 million homes throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For more information and to find MLB Network in your area, go to www.mlbnetwork.com.
Note: The MLB Network and Sports Video Group, nor any of its employees, will, solely because of their participation in the Military Apprenticeship Program, be considered to be in an employee/employer relationship with the U.S. Government or any instrumentality thereof, nor in a contractual relationship with the U.S. Government or any instrumentality thereof. The United States Army Reserve does not endorse or sanction the MLB Network or the Sports Video Group or any of its representatives. Reference to any specific organization, its commercial products, process, or services does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government.
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