Apprenticeship Creates Opportunity

For me, the apprenticeship means a lot, because after I finish this, I will finish college and when I graduate, I’ll already have years of experience.
— Selena Elekovich, Mikron youth apprentice and Cherry Creek High School student

Figuring out exactly what you're going to do when you finish school can be an overwhelming prospect. But, through a CareerWise apprenticeship, you’ll more clearly see how the decisions you make about education and career today can put you on multiple paths to success.

A CareerWise apprenticeship represent opportunity for any student—whether you’re on your way to college, directly to a career, both, or simply aren’t sure, apprenticeship can help pave the way to a successful future. Your apprenticeship is designed to earn college credits that can be applied to a variety of degrees and qualify you for a middle-income job immediately following completion. So, after apprenticeship, you’ll be equipped with practical skills and a jump-start on college that will prepare you for whatever is next on your road to success.

  • Get paid while you gain meaningful, real-world work experience. An apprenticeship solves the age-old problem: You can’t get a good job without experience, and you can’t get experience without a job.
  • Not only will you graduate high school on time, you’ll also finish your apprenticeship with a year’s worth of debt-free college credit. …and perspective on how continuing your education could help further your career.
  • You’ll also have a nationally-recognized industry certification (like a CNA if you’re a healthcare apprentice, or CompTIAA+ if you’re in a technology pathway). Currently, there are career pathways offered in: Advanced Manufacturing, Business Operations, Financial Services, Healthcare, and Technology.
  • “It’s all about who you know!” You’ll create a professional network of connections that will serve you well throughout your career and work with experienced mentors who can help you decide the best path for your future.

Students apply with the hiring companies on the apprenticeship marketplace starting Dec. 1, 2017 through Mar. 1, 2018 for a position that begins the summer before their junior year. Apprentices spend part of their week learning at school and part of the week learning on the job. The apprenticeship is a three-year program (junior year, senior year and a third year), after which you’ll have made approximately $30,000 in wages, hold a nationally-recognized industry certification and have about a year’s worth of college credit…and probably a job offer! Following the apprenticeship, some students will then choose to work full-time in their field, some will become full-time college students, and some will do both.