Every community or technical college in Alabama now offers at least one paid, state-registered apprenticeship for students to explore careers in several different trades and industries.
A partnership between the state community college system and Alabama Office of Apprenticeship now allows more students to gain paid, on-the-job experience while working toward a degree. All apprentices participating in state-registered programs will be paid while they are training on the job, will have the remainder of their tuition paid by their employer, and can transition directly into full-time work after they earn their credentials.
“Apprenticeships are the gold-standard in work-based learning,” Josh Laney, director of the Alabama Office of Apprenticeship, said in a news release. “They offer a proven path to meet Alabama’s workforce demand in high-wage, high demand occupations and allow citizens to earn a living while they learn a skill. The participation of higher education in Alabama to help offer these opportunities adds tremendous value to the programs.”
State leaders say apprenticeships can help open doors for more degree-seeking Alabamians and can also fill needed spots in the state’s workforce.
In the last six months, at least 60 healthcare facilities have signed up to offer nursing apprenticeships at 12 of the state’s community and technical colleges, according to the Alabama Community College System.
“We cannot work in a one-size-fits-all model when it comes to serving residents as their community college, so we focus on more than just the training that helps our students be competitive in the workforce – we take a look at what we can do to create the most seamless means necessary for success,” ACCS Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker said. “Alabama is a great state for workforce development. We are committed to doing our part as a community college system to help residents achieve what they can in order to thrive in our state’s economy.”
During the apprenticeship, all participants will spend a portion of their week working hands-on with the company and the remainder of the week learning virtually or in a college classroom. The amount of time spent training can vary depending on an employer’s needs.
Below is a list of AOA-registered apprenticeships offered by each college. Interested applicants should contact their local community college for more information.
Bevill State: Welder, Machinist and HVAC Service Technician
Bishop State: Electromechanical Technician and Industrial Maintenance Repairer
Calhoun: Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, Tool Maker, Operations Management, CNC Set-up Programmer – Milling and Turning, Registered Nurse and Tool and Die Maker
Central Alabama: Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse
Coastal: Computer Support Specialist, CNC Set-up Program, Industrial Maintenance Mechanics, Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Accounting Technician, Building Maintenance Repairer, Construction Craft Laborer, Heating and Air-Conditioner Installer/Servicer, Stamping Press Operator, Surgical Technologist, Survey Drafter, Tool and Die Maker
Drake State: Registered Nurse, Heating and Air-Conditioner Installer/Servicer, Licensed Practical Nurse
Enterprise State: Mechatronics Technician
Gadsden State: Registered Nurse
Ingram State: Heating and Air-Conditioner Installer/Service, Diesel Mechanic
Jefferson State: Cook (Hotel and Restaurant); Welder, Combination; Registered Nurse
Lawson State: Machinist (Precision Machinist); Welder, Combination
Lurleen B. Wallace: Mechatronics Technician, Diesel Mechanic, Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse
Northeast Alabama: Registered Nurse, Machinist (Precision Machinist); Maintenance Repairer, Industrial; Welder Carpenter
Northwest-Shoals: Heating and Air-Conditioner Installer/Servicer
Reid State: Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, Commercial Driver
Shelton State: Industrial Manufacturing Technician
Snead State: Registered Nurse, Welder, Industrial Maintenance Mechanic
Southern Union: Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse
Trenholm State: Automotive Mechanic (Automobile Mechanic)
Wallace – Dothan: Automotive Technician Specialist, Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Electrician, Maintenance, IT Desk Specialist
Wallace – Hanceville: Registered Nurse, Operating Engineer (Heavy Construction Equipment Mechanic), Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, Tool Maker, Diesel Mechanic, Tool and Die Maker
Wallace – Selma: Industrial Maintenance Repairer; Electrician, Maintenance
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