Every student in a career technical program at NACC is required to participate, as part of his/her degree requirements, in an organized work experience. This work experience gives students who graduate with an Associate’s degree a minimum of one semester of experience in the workplace.
Employers benefit from work experience because they have the opportunity to hire a student for a determined period of time after which they have no obligation to continue employment. However, if the student performs well and is a good fit for the company, the company may wish to offer continued employment. Some employers see work experience as a long-term job interview.
There are many options for companies who wish to build a pipeline of potential employees by partnering with the college in work experiences. This list shows some of the most popular options:
Registered Apprenticeship – Depending on the job, these are usually three- or four-year apprenticeships where the employer selects an apprentice early in his/her college career. Apprentices work for the employer approximately 30 hours per week and go to the college about 10 hours per week. The employer pays for the student’s college expenses and pays them for their work hours, where they work under the supervision of an experienced person. The student typically earns an Associate’s degree, multiple industry certifications, and a Journeyworker card from the US Department of Labor. Companies sponsoring apprentices become a member of the NACC Tri-State Apprenticeship Consortium, which provides member companies with support for the program. Companies sponsoring apprentices may be eligible for state tax credits.
Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship – This state-approved apprenticeship is customizable to meet the needs of the company involved. This model provides for maximum flexibility in building a customized solution to meet workforce needs.
Youth Apprenticeship – The Youth Apprenticeship program allows high school students ages 16-18 to participate in a Registered Apprenticeship program. Students typically take classes at their high school and the college, while working part-time as apprentices at the sponsoring company.
Cooperative Education – Each career tech student at NACC is required, at a minimum, to work 15 hours per week for 15 weeks in an industry setting to apply the skills they have learned to the real world. While this is generally accomplished in the student’s final semester, there is some flexibility built in for companies that prefer students to work fewer hours per week over a longer period. Please view our Co-op Student Handbook and/or Co-op Handbook for Employers for more information.
For more information about how your company can benefit from partnering with NACC for work experience, please contact:
Work Experience Coordinator
256-228-6001 ext. 2217 or 256-638-4418, ext. 2217