Apprenticeship seeks to prepare students for post-secondary schooling and for work in a specific career area. Apprenticeships are available in a wide variety of career areas in business and industry. Career-related secondary courses are required based on the career field as well as student and parent/guardian commitment for the student to attend post-secondary education in a related field is mandatory. Students may plan to attend a technical college or traditional college or university. Selection of apprentices is by the employer after screening by a school panel. Students receive school credit for work experience, and they are paid for work.
Course Title: Apprenticeship
Prerequisites: Two units in Tech/Career Area (or one with one scheduled); 80 GPA; good attendance, conduct, and teacher recommendations; coordinator approval
Recommended Grade Level: 11-12
Course Length: multiple blocks/varies
Credit: 1 unit per block/semester
Topics Covered: Course provides students with structured work-place learning and experience in a career-related discipline.
What are the benefits of apprenticeship?
Student Benefits: Career counseling; defined career program of study; relevant educational experiences; knowledge of industry standards and work requirements; progressive pay based on performance; team building and work ethics; and transition to post secondary school and work.
Employer Benefits: Screening of future employees; reduction of hiring and training costs; direct input into school curriculum; skilled technical workers; reduced labor costs; and post-secondary school affiliation.
School Benefits: Knowledge of industry/business work standards and expectations; integrated and validated curriculum; enhanced workplace knowledge for teachers; enhanced training applications and strategies; student motivation; increased business and community support; and articulation with post-secondary schools.
For more information, contact the Apprenticeship Director Mr. B. Beckum (firstname.lastname@example.org) or your guidance counselor.