U.S Army Reserve, MLB Network Partner on Apprenticeship Program

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 MLB Network. 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), will work in MLB Network’s studio operations department. DePrisco, who is from Thorton, CO, and currently serves in the 207th Public Affairs Detachment (PAD), 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 theSports 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.