Elizabethtown Community and Technical Col­lege now is 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.

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.

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 begins later this semester.

ECTC has plans to expand the college’s appren­ticeship opportunities to include information technology and building maintenance career fields. Stu­dents in these programs also might be eligible to attend college tuition-free through Kentucky’s Work Ready Scholarship Program.