Apprentices learn while earning! Begin building your future with a paid, structured, on-the-job training program while completing your certificate or degree at ECC.
Student apprenticeship benefits:
- Start working in a high-demand field with incremental wage increases as your skills increase.
- Be sponsored by an employer who pays your school tuition so you can graduate with no college debt.
- Depending on your program, upon completion, you will earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or a Basic Vocational Specialist (BVS) certificate and certification from the US Department of Labor.
- Apprenticeships are considered as work experience and go on your resume.
- These programs are attractive to employees who want to work as an apprentice while in school and can help you proactively address future workforce shortages.
- Help you grow your skilled/trained workforce by promoting existing workers or new hires.
- Increase employee morale and loyalty.
- The National Apprenticeship Service states that ninety-two percent of companies with apprenticeship programs believe that it leads to higher motivation. Eighty percent report increases in employee retention.
- ECC and our partner, the Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT), will help promote your apprenticeship(s).
- Promotes diversity in the workplace by helping under-recruited populations gain skills.
- Apprenticeships create additional opportunities for brand and company name recognition.
Available Apprenticeships Programs
- Industrial Maintenance Technology apprenticeship program, in partnership with ICATT.
- Basic Nurse Assistant (BNA).
- CNC Machining professional.
- Additional programs are in development.
Students: Steps to Apply
- Submit an Apprenticeship Interest Form.
- Apply to Elgin Community College.
- Take placement tests as required, or submit previous test scores. Contact testing services for details.
- Interview with companies that have partnered with ECC to offer an apprenticeship.
Apprenticeship programs attractive to students who want access to classroom and lab experiences. Apprenticeship jobs are paid and offer on-the-job training program and earn a salary while you learn skills for your career through academic instruction.
Apprenticeships all include education with highly qualified faculty at Elgin Community College, plus on-the-job training in a high-skill job with a committed mentor at the company where you will work.
Apprenticeship program graduates receives:
- No debt after graduation*.
- A degree or certificate from ECC.
- A national, industry recognized credential from the U.S. Department of Labor.
- Higher wages.
- Gaining practical skills.
- Relevant training aligned with industry trends.
- Additional career advancement opportunities.
*Employers cover the training costs of the apprenticeship program, which includes tuition, fees, and books, as well as your salary. Students graduate with no debt.
The apprenticeship program is created in blocks of time that are specific for each program. Classes are scheduled to avoid conflicts between classroom time and work. Each semester, time is allocated for coursework, and the remainder is for on-the-job training with the work mentor.