Presents findings on apprenticeship program design, occupations, and participant diversity from a survey of 38 community colleges; and recommends four areas of focus for organizations partnering with community colleges to expand apprenticeship initiatives.

“The apprenticeship system is evolving….The two significant goals that have emerged involve broadening the roles of apprenticeship partners and increasing college credit earned through apprenticeships. Community colleges are natural partners in these efforts because apprenticeship programs offer a way to stay relevant to the future of work and education at a time of declining enrollment in technical programs.

Consequently, there has been a surge in community college involvement in apprenticeships….This brief provides preliminary lessons about [this involvement,] collected through a survey and select interviews from 38 colleges that are workforce development leaders” (p.1).

“While the survey respondents represent a small percentage of community colleges that are active in delivering apprenticeships, these findings provide a window into the potential role of schools in expanding and diversifying apprenticeship, as well as the support they need to achieve these goals” (p.7).

The 38 survey respondents represent 13 states. Twenty-two colleges represent urban areas (either large or midsize cities), nine are in rural areas, and one answered on behalf of a statewide system. Colleges were of varying sizes: seven have enrollment over 40,000; six have enrollment between 20, 000-39,999; six have enrollment of 10,000- 19,999; four between 5,000-9,999; and eight under 4,999 students” (p.8).

“What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is model of workforce training that allows employees to earn while they learn. These programs generally last from one to six years and include a combination of on-the-job training and formal classroom instruction. Registered apprentices earn progressively increasing wages and an industry-recognized credential. Apprenticeships can be overseen either by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship or by a State Apprenticeship Agency, while employers and other sponsors administer individual apprenticeship programs” (p.1).

(Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)