ECTC First to Offer Apprenticeship
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) is now the first community college in Kentucky to offer an apprenticeship. The apprenticeship not only provides a new opportunity to an ECTC student, but it also serves as an example for businesses throughout the region.
“By going through the approval process ourselves, we are in a unique position to encourage and guide local businesses to set up their own apprenticeship programs,” said Mike Hazzard, Director of Workforce Solutions and Technical Programs.
The new, two-year program is in Administrative Services in the Workforce Solutions Department. It is a fully vetted apprenticeship through the Kentucky Labor Cabinet Department of Workplace Standards in cooperation with U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship, as part of The National Apprenticeship Program.
“Apprenticeships are a great way for employers in almost any industry to develop a pipeline of experienced, highly skilled employees,” said ECTC President Dr. Juston Pate. “We are very proud to be the first community college in Kentucky to offer an apprenticeship.”
The apprentice will complete 144 hours of related technical instruction, which equates to nine credit hours, and have 2,000 hours of paid, on-the-job training per year. After two years, the apprentice could earn an Associate in Applied Science in Administrative Office Technology in addition to an apprenticeship certificate.
The Administrative Services apprenticeship will begin later this semester.
ECTC has plans to expand the college’s apprenticeship opportunities to include information technology and building maintenance career fields, Hazzard said. Students in these programs also may be eligible to attend college tuition-free through Kentucky’s Work Ready Scholarship Program.
“The apprenticeship program is one more way ECTC is working to expand opportunities for our students and to meet the needs of employers in the region,” Hazzard said.
Employers interested in developing an apprenticeship program or enhancing an existing program to meet their specific workforce needs and standards may contact Kayla Douthitt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-706-8711.