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What’s your best fit for career prep?

As you approach your junior and senior year of high school, friends, family, and teachers are frequently asking you about your plans after graduation. 

  • Will you go to college?
  • Should you consider the military?
  • Maybe you’re a talented athlete wondering if you could go pro.

Whatever path you pick, it needs to be a good fit for your interests, goals, and individual style. More and more students are discovering apprenticeships. In fact, thousands of students across the country are enrolling in apprenticeship programs to create a bright future, and you can too.  

Gaston College, in conjunction with many companies in Gaston and Lincoln counties, is offering the Apprenticeship 321 program to high school graduates. High school juniors and seniors also have the chance to complete a pre-apprenticeship.


As a pre-apprentice, you will:

  • Learn more about he companies that participate in the Apprenticeship 321 program.
  • Gain valuable networking and learning opportunities with local employers as a Pre-Apprentice to help you get hired after High School in the apprenticeship program.
  • Attend Gaston College’s Advanced Manufacturing or Health and Human Services Summer Camp for additional networking and learning opportunities from Apprenticeship 321 partners.
  • Get personal and professional skills for life and career – communication, teamwork, problem-solving, responsibility.

To become a pre-apprentice you must:

  • Be a junior or senior in High School and taking either a CTE class in your High School or a College Now class at Gaston College.
  • Complete a Pre-Apprenticeship Application packet. You can request the application packet from the Career Development Coordinator at your High School.

It’s Easy to Get Started

Contact us at or 704.922.2313 for questions and to get started.