National Network Will Help Apprentices Earn a College Degree

National Network Will Help Apprentices Earn a College Degree 1

The Electrical Trades Center, Columbus, Ohio

Joe Day adjusts a motor control circuit as part of his apprenticeship through the Electrical Trades Center, in central Ohio. The state is strengthening ties between its apprenticeships and its community colleges.

For the hundreds of thousands of people who enroll each year in federally registered apprenticeship programs, learning begins not in a college classroom, but, for instance, in the belly of a nuclear power plant.

An apprenticeship is a unique form of education, allowing participants to earn a paycheck while training for an occupation, both in classes and on the job. Traditional trades such as construction and manufacturing continue to draw the most students, but newer industries