Apprenticeship programs are composed of two parts:
- On-the-job training is provided by a sponsor who exposes the apprentice to practical applications in all phases of a particular craft;
- Classroom-related instruction is designed to provide the apprentice with knowledge of theoretical and technical aspects of their craft. Total completion of an apprenticeship program will take up to five years, depending upon the craft.
The College provides classroom-related and supplemental instruction for apprenticeship programs. The College neither provides on-the-job training nor acts as a sponsor for apprentices. Individuals must locate their own sponsors. Classes are held in the days, evenings, and Saturdays, depending on the program.
Apprenticeship programs may require a math prerequisite. A grade of C or better is required in all core courses for passing and receiving clock hours. Some programs may have stricter requirements. Students should check their individual programs for more information on prerequisites and entrance requirements. Attendance is mandated by federal law and a student cannot pass a course if out of compliance.
Failure to complete the necessary course work or to register in a timely manner for each class will add one full year to the apprentice's program.
The Apprenticeship program tuition and fees are based on the SLCC Resident/Non-Resident tuition schedule. Apprenticeship programs are not eligible for financial aid, but several scholarships are available for qualified students. Books are additional and for most programs will be purchased on a yearly basis.
Generally, Apprenticeship faculty members are chosen from journeymen who are working in the field with a minimum of six years experience.
Apprentices earn a certificate of achievement upon successful completion of all required core courses.
Apprentices also may earn an Associate of Applied Science degree by completing all of the following:
- All Apprenticeship program core course requirements (30-70 credit hours).
- All General Education requirements for the AAS degree (13-19 credit hours). The Quantitative Studies requirement may be satisfied by completion of the required apprenticeship program math course.
- Additional credit hours, if necessary, to meet the minimum 63 total credit hours required for the AAS degree (0-20 credit hours).