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Northeast partners with CVA to launch new apprenticeship program

Northeast partners with CVA to launch new apprenticeship program

NORFOLK, Neb. – Northeast Community College and Central Valley Ag (CVA) have created a new chemical applicator apprenticeship program that offers a pathway for students or adults who are looking to break into a new career field. As part of the program, apprentices will be working for CVA while they are taking occupation-specific courses with Northeast.

The Chemical Applicator Apprenticeship program is designed for individuals who want to earn a salary while learning how to effectively operate chemical applicator equipment and understand what chemicals are used to treat certain infestations.

Northeast Apprenticeship Director Kimberly Andersen said by integrating on-the-job learning with classroom learning, individuals can work and earn an income while they are obtaining a credential in a new career field. 

“This new program will open so many doors for individuals interested in being an applicator who are unable to commit to a full on-campus college program,” she said. “Apprenticeship programs are helping us serve individuals across our entire 20-county service region. Northeast is excited to be partnering with Central Valley Ag on this new applicator apprenticeship program.”

The Chemical Applicator Apprenticeship program contains two eight-week sessions of related instruction and approximately one-year on-the-job training. Upon course completion, individuals will receive their Commercial Applicator License along with a nationally recognized credential from the U.S. Department of Labor. Central Valley Ag is also covering the cost of tuition and fees for apprenticeship-related instruction.

“We are excited to make this program available to interested students, to help them gain essential skills, earn their license and carve out a path for job training, mentorship and career growth,” said Brent Reichmuth, senior vice president of operations at CVA.

Those interested in participating in the apprenticeship program may visit For information on Northeast’s Apprenticeship program, go online For additional information on this or any other apprenticeship programs through Northeast, contact Andersen at or call (402) 844-7121.