Apprenticeship combines employment, education and training in one workforce program. Employers and their employees develop, register and operate apprenticeship programs based on the needs of industry. Registered apprenticeship is governed by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (WSATC) under the authority of RCW 49.04 and WAC 296-05.
Apprenticeship Training Committees (ATC) run apprenticeship programs for various trades as approved by the WSATC. Acceptance into an apprenticeship program is determined by the program’s selection procedures. Two primary components include provisions for an employer/employee relationship with paid on-the-job training for a specific occupation and at least 144 clock hours of related supplemental (classroom) instruction per year. On-the-job training experiences are conducted under the direct supervision of a qualified journeyman who is affiliated with the apprentice’s trade or program. Classroom instruction provides an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that supplement on-the-job training and work experience.
Lower Columbia College is a partner in the Registered Apprentice system and provides or supports the related supplemental classroom instruction when requested by an apprenticeship program. Also, students earning direct credit at LCC through the Career Pathways/Tech Prep program may be eligible to apply those credits toward the supplemental instruction component of a registered apprenticeship program.
LCC’s apprenticeship advisor can refer you to the ATCs for the programs the College supports and provide you with information on applying Career Pathways/Tech Prep credit toward an apprenticeship. Once accepted into an apprenticeship program, you may register for approved courses at LCC. Tuition for apprentices taking their required apprenticeship classes at LCC is reduced by 50% under WAC 131.28. Registered apprenticeship is part of the state Workforce Development System. Apprentices may be eligible for training assistance vouchers. Many apprenticeship programs are approved for veteran’s education benefits.
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