Youth Apprenticeship programs are great partnerships between business, schools and the community. They are formed locally by the school district’s Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator acting as navigator for the planning process leading to an application for a state-approved program.
“Nowadays they just kind of push us through high school and they are, ‘All right, when you get to college you will learn this.’ But half the people drop out of college and they don’t have the skills. So if we could go into the world with real skills, we could make money. And then it is debt-free....Everyone is worried about paying for college. My mom is always like, ‘oh yeah, I have been out of college for 20 years and I am still paying debts.’”
– Joshua, high school student
Career and Technical Education (CTE) plays a vital role in human resource development by creating skilled manpower, enhancing industrial productivity and improving the quality of life.
CTE has a proven history of preparing students for high-demand careers that help them live their lives to the fullest.
Seven reasons why CTE is important
How CTE can benefit all students
5 Benefits of CTE programs for schools and districts