Iowa Department of Education

11/11/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/11/2019 04:01

It’s National Apprenticeship Week. This is why you should care

The benefits and opportunities of registered apprenticeship programs are being showcased through events held this week as part of National Apprenticeship Week. Now in its fifth year, the week is a nationwide celebration that gives businesses, communities and educators the opportunity to draw attention to apprenticeship programs and apprentices while providing valuable information to career seekers.

Throughout National Apprenticeship Week, which runs Nov. 11-17, the Iowa Department of Education is featuring some of the different registered apprenticeship programs at community colleges and high schools across the state. Check out the Department's Twitter and Facebook profiles to see examples of these opportunities that range from the culinary arts to information technology and everything in between.

'We are entering year three of our apprenticeship programs,' said Pella High School Principal Adam Beckel. 'We have partnered with Des Moines Area Community College and Central College to offer a way for students to earn a high school diploma, college credits and a pathway for the apprenticeship programs. Our students have the opportunity to earn money while they earn a diploma and credits toward a degree or certifications in their career field.'

Apprenticeship programs for youth between the ages of 16-24 combine academic and technical classroom instruction with work experience. It provides the foundation for youth to choose among multiple pathways - to enroll in college, begin full-time employment, or a combination. Programs like these allow youth to explore a career and develop occupational skills while still in high school.

Check out our Flickr gallery to see more pictures of high school registered apprenticeship programs.

About Registered Apprenticeship Programs

Registered Apprenticeship programs are industry-approved programs sponsored by an employer or other organization and must meet parameters established under the National Apprenticeship Act.

Find National Apprenticeship Week events that are being held close to you.

Check out earnandlearniowa.gov for more information on registered apprenticeship opportunities in Iowa.

Looking for a business partner that may be interested in starting apprenticeships? Check out Iowa's Clearinghouse for Work-based Learning.