LTC’s Youth Apprenticeship program growth accelerates

The Sheboygan Area Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program coordinated by Lakeshore Technical College expands its capacity from 120 students to 140 for the upcoming 2016-17 school year.

The expansion is possible due to a two-year grant from the Georgia-Pacific Foundation to fund half of a new part-time employee needed to manage students in the program.

Youth Apprenticeship is a state-sanctioned program that allows high school juniors and seniors to earn real-life work experience in a variety of fields including finance, hospitality, advanced manufacturing, agriculture and more.

Youth Apprentices still attend high school during half of the day and then work at one of nearly 80 participating companies for the second half.

Students also have the opportunity to take college-level courses at LTC at no cost to the student and must strive to maintain at least a “C” in every class.

In short, students in the program earn high school and college credit and are paid for their work.

The program requires students to work a minimum of 450 hours and over 80 percent of students are retained at their YA employer after completing the program.LTC’s Sheboygan Area Youth Apprenticeship program has grown from less than 15 students in 2011 to a planned 140 students this upcoming school year. In addition, the college credits earned at LTC may also count towards the Registered Apprenticeship program if the student is on a career path to become a Journeyman in the trades.

The growth of the program is welcome news to Sheboygan County employers, as the Sheboygan MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) has been the second fastest growing economy in Wisconsin for the last two years and has created over 1,000 jobs annually during that time.

“Companies hope the continued growth of the program can help to fill thousands of jobs, many of which require technical education and experience,” stated LTC Youth Apprenticeship Manager Jackie Holly. “The Youth Apprenticeship program acts as an accelerator to get high school students experience in education that will provide them with a desired career and a wage sufficient to raise a family in comfort.” More information about Youth Apprenticeship is available online at ya/. If students and parents are interested in learning about Youth Apprenticeship they are encouraged to contact their high school counselor for more information. Anyone wishing to learn more about Youth Apprenticeship and its impact on the local community may contact: Jackie Holly, Youth Apprenticeship Manager, Lakeshore Technical College, (920) 693-1128.

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