How Students Earn and Learn


Apprentices are able to earn money on the job as soon as they start the apprenticeship program while also taking college classes at no cost. In fact, students actually get paid for time spent in class. See how you can get a jump start on a promising career, a college degree, and financial stability.


Get paid for 8,000 hours of one-the-job and classroom training during the 4-year program
Earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) from Davidson Davie Community College
All tuition, books, and fees for the associate’s degree program are covered, so you graduate debt free
Have the option after apprenticeship graduation to transfer degree credits to most state four-year universities in order to earn a bachelor’s degree
Obtain specialized certification and experience that is recognized and sought by employers
Many employers offer health insurance, retirement, and paid-time-off benefits to apprentices

The Value of Apprenticeship


The value of college classes plus pay received for training on the job and in the classroom is the equivalent of a $125,000 scholarship.


Apprenticeship Year

Classes | Work  | Training

Pay

Initial Summer
(Pre-Apprentice)

• Six Weeks On-The-Job Training
• 2 Community College Classes
• Paid a total of 40 hours per week

$11.00 

per hour

First Year
High School Senior Year
if Accepted as an
Apprentice Junior Year

• Half a day of high school
• Half a day on-the-job training and work
• Paid for time at work

$12.50 

per hour

First Year
Post High School
if Accepted as an
Apprentice Senior Year

• On-the-job training and work 80%
• Community college classes 20%
• Paid a total of 40 hours per week

$12.50 

per hour

Second Year

• On-the-job training and work 80%
• Community college classes 20%
• Paid a total of 40 hours per week

$13.00-16.00 

per hour

Third Year

• On-the-job training and work 80%
• Community college classes 20%
• Paid a total of 40 hours per week

$13.51-19.00 

per hour

Fourth Year

• On-the-job training and work 80%
• Community college classes 20%
• Paid a total of 40 hours per week

$15.50-21.00 

per hour

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