Apprentices & College

Journey-level workers who have completed a state-certified apprenticeship in the jurisdiction of the North Central States Regional Council can apply that craft training directly toward a two-year college degree.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (Green Bay, Wis.), Madison Area Technical College (Madison, Wis.), Hennepin Technical College (Minnesota), Metropolitan Community College (Omaha, Neb.) and Des Moines Area Community College (Iowa) award credits for the classroom work and hands-on training that members perform during their apprenticeship. Upon completion of the apprenticeship, members generally have about two-thirds of the credits they need toward a two-year degree.

The colleges’ two-year associate degrees respond to the growing role that formal education plays in the workforce. They also give North Central States Regional Council members a head start toward pursuing a managerial role later in their careers.

In Iowa, apprentices who earn their journey-level certificate will have earned 42 credits toward the 64 hour minimum to earn the Associate in General Studies degree. They will receive 10 credits for related classroom instruction that is completed in the apprenticeship program. They will need an additional 12 credits from general classes such as communications, social and behavioral sciences, math and science.

In Minnesota, apprentices who graduate to journey-level status will receive 47 credits for the instruction they receive during their Regional Council apprenticeship. They will need 19 more credits to complete an Associate in Applied Science degree in Apprenticeship Technology. Thirteen of the credits come from four General Education required classes; the remaining six credits are General Education electives. (Some of the required classes have prerequisites.)

In Nebraska, apprentices who have achieved journey-level status will have 56 credits from apprentice training and 15 credits from apprentice job training toward the 98 credits required for an associate degree. An additional 27 general education credits are required, including courses in technical writing, oral and written reports, applied mathematics, introduction to psychology or sociology, human relations skills and microcomputer fundamentals.

In Wisconsin, apprentices are automatically registered as technical college students at the above schools when they begin their apprenticeship. If they choose to enroll as college students, they can receive up to 50 college credits toward an Associate Degree, depending on the craft studied in their apprenticeship.

The colleges offer a variety of options for taking the required classes, including online, weekend and video courses, as well as self-paced study.