(Neosho, MO) – Crowder College began working with apprenticeship programs in 2015. This year marks the 85th anniversary of National Apprenticeship week. The nationwide celebration gives businesses, communities, and educators the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs.
Crowder College has partnered with local business and industry to bring apprenticeship opportunities to the workforce, since it partnered with Branco Enterprises Inc., in 2015. Recognized as a registered apprenticeship program sponsor by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2016 the College has added an electrical apprenticeship with Bill’s Electric, Inc. (BEI), truck driver apprenticeship with Certified Express, Inc (CEI), and a certified medical assistant with Freeman Health System. The college has also partnered with Cooper Gear to provide classroom training in drafting they needed to fulfill their requirements for their computerized numerically controlled tool program.
“Apprenticeships help workers start a career and develop their skills. Crowder became a registered apprenticeship program through the U.S. Department of Labor after partnering with Branco Enterprises Inc. Branco offers a carpentry apprenticeship program,” stated Kathy Parker-Collier, Grants manager. “The great thing about apprenticeship programs is that it provides an opportunity for individuals to earn and learn at the same time. They are being paid and trained while on the job earning industry-recognized credentials.”
There are currently more than 1,000 occupations recognized as apprenticeship programs with the Department of Labor. Currently, Missouri ranks third in the Nation for new apprentices, fourth for completers, and has 16,983 active apprentices with 4,739 active employers. Even more diverse industries such as information technology and healthcare are benefitting from apprenticeships. For a complete list of registered apprenticeship programs, sponsors and educators, click here.
Participants in these programs may decide to pursue a degree after completion of an apprenticeship. The credentials they earn may become academic credit towards a degree.
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