In today’s highly technical world, whether in industry, commerce or public services, apprenticeship is still one of the best ways to acquire occupational skills to ensure a stable highly skilled trained workforce, capable of meeting the needs of a dynamic and competitive business and industrial environment.
An apprenticeship is an employer sponsored training program for selected employees, during which an individual who is an “apprentice” learns a trade through several years of on-the-job training and Related Trade Instruction (RTI). Apprenticeships usually last about four years, during which the apprentice is a full-time, paid employee of the company. Apprenticeship programs can be developed for hundreds of occupations in a wide variety of different career fields.
Apprenticeship programs are registered with the Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Labor. Upon successful completion of both the RTI and a predetermined work schedule, the apprentice receives a Certificate of Completion from the Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship. The apprentice also will receive a Certificate of Program Completion from St. Clair County Community College. Apprentices have the opportunity to continue their education in a prescribed curriculum and earn an associate degree.
To learn more about Registered Apprenticeship visit:
- The Michigan Apprenticeship Steering Committee, Inc. (MASCI) at www.aboutmasci.org/
- The United Stated Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration at: www.doleta.gov/oa
Cooperative Education (CO-OP)
Co-op is a program which incorporates actual work experience into the planned college curriculum. After successful completion of the basic courses, students may elect to enter a co-op experience. Co-op allows the student to be placed in an approved training environment, earn college credits for satisfactory work performance and earn wages for hours worked. To participate in this program, students must be qualified and receive approval from their department faculty advisor prior to the semester that co-op work experience is desired.
Internship is another means for students to apply classroom theory to work situations. Through the integration of academic study and work experience, students enhance their academic knowledge, personal development and professional preparation. This is a structured work experience for college credit that is developed by the faculty advisor, the employer and the student.
In cooperation with local industries, the college has also established an “Upgrader Program.” An upgrader is any person working in or learning an apprenticeable occupation, but is employed by a company not participating in a registered program even though the occupation is apprenticeable. These programs offer excellent Earn-As-You-Learn training, which allow the student to earn college credit. Credit and work experience earned in this program may be applied to an apprenticeship RTI if the employer becomes an active participant in apprenticeship. Many programs for different vocations are available.
Adult students who desire to improve their working knowledge through related trade instruction, individuals who are required to attend specific classes as part of a company apprenticeship program, working adults in training or upgrading programs, or any individual who can profit from the instruction may enroll.
To comply with apprenticeship training regulations, there is a rigid check on classroom attendance. Each apprentice should be present and on time for every class session.