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Gateway launches Apprenticeship Academy

FLORENCE, Ky. — Gateway Community & Technical College is launching a new Apprenticeship Academy for the fall 2021 semester and is now accepting applications. Gateway’s Apprenticeship Academy is a two-year program that provides a unique work and learns opportunity for students interested in exploring a registered apprenticeship program in a technical field.

The program allows students to figure out what they are truly interested in through career path exploration by exposing them simultaneously to all of Gateway’s Advanced Manufacturing programs including Computerized Manufacturing and Machining, Electrical Technology, Industrial Maintenance, Welding, and many more. Students will be able to find the area that interests them most rather than guess what career suits them.

Once students find their area of interest, they are able to complete on-the-job training at local manufacturing companies. Related technical instruction paired with hands-on practical application creates a high-quality work and learning experience that results in highly skilled and trained employees.

During the first semester in the Apprenticeship Academy, students will receive technical instruction that is a requirement for all of Gateway’s manufacturing career programs. During the second semester, apprentices engage with area employers during two to three-week rotations, providing students the opportunity to explore company cultures, manufacturing processes and be exposed to the vast skilled technical opportunities in our region.

Upon entering the second year of the program, apprentices will be hired by area employers to complete the apprenticeship in their chosen apprentice occupation.

Students in the Apprenticeship Academy could qualify for the Kentucky Work Ready Scholarship. The scholarship offers up to 60 hours of free tuition for any Kentuckian who has not yet earned an associate degree.

To learn more about becoming a student or an employer partner, go to gateway.kctcs.edu/education-training/apprenticeship/academy.aspx