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.