NORFOLK, Neb. – As the nation prepares to observe Apprenticeship Week Nov. 15-21, Northeast Community College will host an event to educate college students, high school students, parents, and business representatives on the benefits of apprenticeships.
Apprenticeship is an earn and learn model that offers another pathway to career success. Kimberly Andersen, registered apprenticeship coordinator at Northeast, said instead of learning only in a traditional classroom setting, apprenticeships offer students the opportunity to learn additional skills while on the job.
“Apprentices can begin their career path sooner by working at a job in their field of study,” she said. “This will put them a step ahead of their peers, and upon graduation they will already have a full-time job with that employer.”
Northeast Community College has become a registered apprenticeship sponsor for Information Technology (IT) Helpdesk and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and is exploring other programs as well.
Andersen said an upcoming event at the College is designed to demonstrate to students how apprenticeships can lead to better job prospects upon completion of their degrees.
“For those who are interested in getting a jumpstart on their career path and solidify a full-time job upon graduation, I encourage them to attend Northeast’s Apprenticeship: Building Bridges Between Colleges & Employers event. Even for those who are not interested in IT or healthcare, I urge them to attend as we are actively creating other apprenticeship programs as well.”
Andersen said the event is designed for not only students, for parents to see how their child can obtain a college education with little to no debt and business professionals to see how apprenticeships can help expand their talent pipeline and fill their job openings. Individuals who have a desire to change careers are also invited to attend.
Northeast Community College’s Apprenticeship: Building Bridges Between Colleges & Employers event will be held Thur., Nov. 18, at 5 p.m. in the College Welcome Center, 801 E. Benjamin Ave., in Norfolk.