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Choosing apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are a great alternative pathway to a successful career. Get hands-on job-related training for skills that jump-start your career.

Is apprenticeship right for me?

Not every student wants to immediately head off to a university to earn a 4-year degree. For students that prefer hands-on learning, want to go right to work, prefer to stay closer to family, or would like their education partly or fully paid for, apprenticeship can be the right choice. In some cases, employers pay for 100% of the training costs; in others, the community colleges work with employers to obtain grant funding that covers these costs.

We often have parents or guardians say apprenticeship sounds too good to be true. It’s not. Apprenticeship is a win-win for employers and students.

How does apprenticeship work?

Most apprenticeships range from one to four years, with the apprentice earning a nationally recognized credential (or journeyperson’s certificate) after completing the program. The training programs are structured, with most programs including both hands-on and classroom education. Apprentices are paid for learning hours and work hours based on a scale that includes wage increases at specific achievement points.


How do I become an apprentice?

If you are a student or parent interested in learning more about apprenticeship opportunities in Rutherford and Polk Counties), please contact us to learn more about available options.

Contact for information

Mark Franklin
Director of Customized Training and Development