Apprenticeship Randolph

February 14, 2020

Apprenticeship Randolph — a collaboration of Randolph Community College, the Randolph County School System, Asheboro City Schools, the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce and local manufacturers — has opened registration for the 2020 cohort.

Students may register for the program through March 10 and attend open house events hosted by 17 participating industry partners. 

Junior and senior high school students interested in manufacturing technology, automotive systems technology and information technology are encouraged to contact their career development counselors for assistance. Eligible students must attend school and reside in Randolph County.

The program begins with a six-week, pre-apprenticeship summer program that consists of classes at Randolph Community College and 40 hours per week of on-the-job training. Once a business selects its apprentice after the trial period, the program is spread over four years with students receiving paid, on-the-job training while earning an associate of applied science degree in manufacturing technology, automotive systems technology or information technology, all through RCC. They also earn a journeyworker certificate from the N.C. Community College System and U.S. Department of Labor.

Randleman High School student Brandon Hill started his apprenticeship in 2017 with industry partner Hubbell Industrial Controls in Archdale.

Apprenticeship Randolph began in June 2016 with a goal to bridge both the interest and skill gaps in modern manufacturing and provide a vehicle for expanding the workforce pool for advanced manufacturing in the county. Tuition is funded through Career and College Promise and the N.C. Youth Apprenticeship Tuition Waiver Program, and books are paid for by the school systems and the participating companies.

Source: Triad Business Journal