Apprenticeship is an employer-driven, "earn while you learn" model that combines on-the-job training provided by the employer with related instruction at Washtenaw Community College. Apprenticeship is a flexible training strategy that can be customized to meet the needs of any business. Apprentices can be new hires or current employees who need skill upgrades. 

Why Apprenticeships?

Employer Apprenticeship Benefit

  • Programs that are tailored to meet the needs of your organization and specific occupations.
  • Increase employee retention.
  • Improve knowledge transfer from your experienced employees.

Hire an Apprentice

Student Apprenticeship Benefits

  • Earn your degree or certificate with no college debt.
  • Earn a salary while you learn.
  • Have an employment home.

Attend an Information Session

student apprenticeship path

Registered Apprenticeship for Students: We’ve streamlined our process to make it as easy as possible.

During this phase, your goal should be to become highly qualified as an apprentice applicant. There are several steps you can take to do increase your chances of being selected by a company:

  • Attend a session with a career advisor to build and edit or revise your resume and cover letter.
  • Meet with an Office of Apprenticeship staff member regularly to discuss new opportunities, and define what you’re specifically looking for.
  • Continuously apply to opportunities you are interested in. Be persistent!
  • Prepare by doing mock interviews with a career advisor.
  • Let the Office of Apprenticeship staff know that you’ve been hired.
  • Communicate with employer to determine start date, worksite orientation and work schedule.
  • Attend the Apprenticeship Orientation:
    1. Complete program overview and requirements for each semester.
    2. Set an academic schedule and timeline (this can change, to some degree once you get started).
    3. Walk through the course selection and registration process.
    4. Discuss the tuition payment process (if your employer is covering your tuition).

Apprenticeship Program Options

Are you interested in creating a new apprenticeship program?

We are ready to work with you to define the required related technical instruction (RTI) for your program in any industry or occupation. Our staff will help you customize a program, or suggest certificates and courses that will meed your needs. Contact or call 734-677-5221 for assistance today. 

Here are some programs that currently have apprentices enrolled or would be very well-suited for a company to use as a starting point:

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