Apprenticeship 321 – Economic and Workforce Development
Pursuing higher education presents a set of unique challenges for prospective students. Traditional four-year programs can mean removing yourself from the workforce for the duration of your education. High costs can lead to taking on student debt. You may worry about how your education translates to real-world earning potential.
If you have these concerns when thinking about your future but understand that higher education is necessary to advance your career, Gaston College’s Apprenticeship 321 Program may be exactly what you are looking for.
Earn While You Learn
The Apprenticeship 321 program provides an alternative to traditional higher education for those who enjoy working with their hands, are interested in careers in a STEM-related field, or want to continue working full-time while learning.
Apprenticeship 321 is registered with ApprenticeshipNC and the U.S. Department of Labor. Depending on the length of the program, apprentices will work alongside mentors where they will receive job-specific training, tuition-free education, and a salary. Apprentices are paid to pursue their education!
The goal of the Apprenticeship 321 Program is to cultivate highly skilled workers for large to small companies who can enter the workforce immediately upon completing the program. Through on-the-job training, successful apprentices will qualify for nationally recognized certifications, academic credentials from Gaston College, and a National Career Readiness Certificate. The Apprenticeship 321 Program operates in accordance with the North Carolina Standards of Apprenticeship.
Gaston College offers apprenticeships across a variety of occupations, including:
- Chemical Operator (Technician)
- Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, & Installer Servicer (HVAC)
- Industrial Electrician
- Industrial Maintenance Mechanics
- Machine Operator I
- Machine Set-up Operator
- Mechatronics Technician
- Paramedic Medicine
- Shift Supervisor (Advanced Manufacturing)
- Tool & Die Maker
- Certified Nurse Aide I & II
Greg F. Smith, Vice President of Economic Workforce Development, DSC 104
Jill Hendrix, Director, Apprenticeship 321 & WBL – CAM 137
Tanya Osbia, Success Coach, Apprenticeship 321 – CAM 136
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