Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will be the first community college in Kentucky to offer an apprenticeship program, the college announced Friday.

“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, the college’s 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 Apprenticeships Program.

“Apprenticeships are a great way for employers in almost any industry to develop a pipeline of experienced, highly skilled employees,” said ECTC President 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 degree in applied science in administrative office technology in addition to an apprenticeship certificate.

The Administrative Ser­vices apprenticeship will begin later this semester.

The college 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 kayla.douthitt@kctcs.edu or 270-706-8711.

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CHUCK CAREY

This will help address what has been one of the negative aspects of Right to Work. One of the most positive results of the unions is their apprenticeship programs. I have worked along side of many of those apprentices and watched them grow into reliable, skilled trades men and women. Nothing beats experience in the field!

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