Apprenticeship programs for community college students have been established to create a pipeline of workers in manufacturing, and the apprenticeships are “career accelerators”.
In Alamance County, businesses and school officials have joined to establish a four year apprentice program, qualifying manufacturing workers, and enabling them to get an associates degree and certifications.
Seven manufacturers are offering the Career Accelerator Program to high school juniors who have a minimum grade point of 2.8 and solid attendance. Over the four years they will be paid to work at one of seven companies in the Triad area and attend classes at Alamance Community College. Participating companies cover the tuition.
“Apprenticeship programs are vital to the current and future health of manufacturing companies across the U.S.,” said Barbara Gorman, learning and development manager at GKN Driveline. “As a consortium of local businesses, we are striving to provide hands‐on learning opportunities within our manufacturing facilities and a college education to high school students which will ensure successful futures for many students.”