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Informational Event Offered for Learn-While-You-Work Apprenticeship Program

Posted on: November 12, 2019

Corporate College at Western Iowa Tech Community College will be hosting a National Apprenticeship Event on Wednesday, November 13th from 6-8pm.  The event is for high school students, parents, faculty, and administrators who want to learn more about apprenticeships as another option for a post-secondary education. It will take place in Room L418 at the WITCC Sioux City Campus, 4647 Stone Ave. (Parking Lot 3, Entrance 11).

The Apprenticeship Event is part of National Apprenticeship Week, November 11 – 17, 2019, where the apprenticeship community can share their stories and advantages of developing careers by adopting the apprenticeship model.

An apprenticeship training program combines on-the-job and classroom training. Workers get the knowledge about the job in the classroom and then demonstrate their knowledge in the work environment. All the while they work and study under a journeyman/mentor of that occupation. 

“There are a lot of benefits for individuals who participate in an apprenticeship program,” says Jim Bergenske, Apprenticeship Coordinator. “Essentially, apprentices earn wages at the same time they are honing their skills in order to become a successful journeyman.  Apprentices do not acquire any debt for their education, as the individual’s employer pays for the cost of the training. In addition, once the individual has completed a registered apprenticeship program, they will receive a completion certificate that will be nationally recognized throughout the United States.  Finally, most apprenticeship programs allow a graduate from a registered apprenticeship program to earn a number of credit hours towards a completion of a college degree.”

Corporate College currently partners with 25 Siouxland businesses that sponsor apprentices. The number of apprentices has grown from 12 apprentices in 2015 to 82 apprentices in 2019.

For more information about the Apprenticeship Programs available at Corporate College, contact Jim Bergenske at 712-274-8733 x3270 or jim.bergenske@witcc.edu.

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