Is Apprenticeship Right For My High School Student?

As a parent, you want your teen to have a valuable learning experience so that when they step out of the classroom, they are prepared with the life skills they need to find professional and personal success. What can apprenticeship offer them that other career pathways can’t?

A Promising Career and College with No Debt

With an apprenticeship your student will:

  • Get paid to learn real-world skills
  • Earn a college degree with no debt 
  • Become ready for career advancement
  • Gain experience in an advanced field of interest

Early Career Start Equals Financial Stability

High school students are able to start the 4-year apprenticeship program the summer after their junior or senior year. Apprenticeships let students get a jump start on learning career skills and earning money. Students will: 

  • Finish high school classes while also starting college classes at no cost
  • Earn pay while learning on the job and during time attending college classes 
  • Learn skills that are in high demand and that will prepare them for career advancement

Discover more about how apprenticeship works. 

Personal and Professional Skills for Life

As a parent, you realize navigating adulthood isn’t just about knowledge, but it also includes personal skills. During an apprenticeship, students work with seasoned mentors, and the program is designed to help them learn:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem-solving
  • Responsibility
  • Leadership

What High School Parents are Saying About Apprenticeship

“Nathan has always been fascinated with technology and enjoyed involvement with hands-on activities.  CAP has given him the opportunity to combine his educational goals and an apprenticeship in his chosen career field.  He is able to use what he is learning in the classroom and apply it to what he is doing on the job site.  Working with the manufacturing machines gives him the hands-on involvement that he has always enjoyed.  As his parents, we have tried to instill in him the advantage of pursuing a career path that would enable him to love his chosen field of work.  In addition to having his classes and books paid for, as well as other work-related expenses, he is already investing in a 401K at the age of 18.”

Debra Huffines

mother of Nathan Huffines, a student at Alamance Community College and a 2020 Cohort Apprentice with GKN

Where will apprenticeship take your teen?

Watch this video and find out how other students are finding success with apprenticeship in Alamance County.

Put Them on the Path to a Promising Career

Download our Apprenticeship Brochure and talk with your teen about their career goals. Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of fields, from information technology and logistics, to robotics and advanced manufacturing.

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