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Courtney Benjamin

My name is Courtney Benjamin and I teach an advanced-level automotive technology program to high school students at Broome-Tioga BOCES in Binghamton, NY. My program has recently partnered with Gault Toyota of Endicott, NY to locate our automotive program at the dealership which allow students to apprentice and learn on site at the dealership. This partnership allows students to get authentic learning experiences that we could not reproduce at the simulated business environment of the school and it also facilitates excellent networking and job opportunities for the students.

Sean Lynch

Hi Courtney - thanks for sharing your example! It's great to hear that apprenticeships in your automotive program are strengthening student learning.

Tony Trapp

My name is Tony Trapp and I am the School to Work Apprenticeship Coordinator at Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua, Ohio. We offer our career tech students an opportunity to work with one of our business partners after they have meet eligibility requirements set before them during their junior yea at the career center.

If they meet those requirements then they have the opportunity to work with our employers throughout the summer beginning their senior year and then once school starts back they come to school for two weeks of the month for their academic and career tech field training and then return back with the employer for the remaining two weeks of the month for their work-based learning and skilled trades training. This continues through their senior year for an opportunity to get a jump start on their career as well as our employers received a well round, energetic and entry level trained employee that we hope continues with the employer and starts their journeyman's training for the next 3-4 years.

Our School to Work Apprenticeship program teaches basic technical and job-readiness skills for a designated apprentice occupation or sector to prepare students for a formal Registered Apprenticeship training program. Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and related technical instruction.

Apprenticeships are a highly desirable form of training for students because it is learning job skills while earning an income, wage progression, and a widely recognized and portable certificate of completion and proficiency.

It can also lead to a college degree, thereby providing the individual with an opportunity to earn both academic and occupational credentials simultaneously. companies usually hire apprentices for skilled work (e.g. ,electrical, HVAC, welding, precision machines) and expect the apprentice to work for them as a full-time employee after the apprenticeship

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