Every community or college in Alabama now offers at least one paid, state-registered apprenticeship position for students to explore careers in a variety of jobs and industries.
A partnership between the state community college system and the Alabama Office of Apprenticeship is now allowing more students to gain paid work experience while working towards a degree. All trainees enrolled in state-approved programs are paid on-the-job during their training, the remainder of the training is paid for by their employer, and they can move straight into full-time employment after graduating.
“Apprenticeships are the gold standard in work-based learning,” said Josh Laney, director of the Alabama Office of Apprenticeship, in a press release. “They provide a proven path to meet Alabama’s labor needs in high-paying, high-demand occupations and allow citizens to earn a living while learning a skill. The involvement of higher education in Alabama to provide these opportunities adds tremendous value to the programs.”
State leaders say apprenticeships can help open doors for more Alabamaans seeking degrees and also fill needed positions in the state workforce.
In the past six months, at least 60 health care facilities have committed to offering nursing education at 12 community and technical colleges in the state, according to the Alabama Community College System.
“We can’t operate in a one-size-fits-all model when it comes to serving residents as a community college, so we’re focused on more than just education that helps our students be competitive in the workforce — we’re looking at, what we can do to create the most seamless means necessary to succeed,” said ACCS Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker. “Alabama is a great state for human resource development. We are committed, as a community college system, to doing our part to help residents achieve what they can to thrive in our state’s economy.”
During the training, all participants spend part of their week doing practical work in the company and the rest of the week they study virtually or in a classroom at the university. The duration of the training can vary depending on the needs of the employer.
Below is a list of AOA-registered teaching positions offered by each college. Interested applicants should contact their local community college for more information.
Bevill State: Welder, machinist and HVAC service technician
Episcopal State: Electromechanic and industrial mechanic
Calhoun: Industrial maintenance mechanic, toolmaker, operations manager, CNC set-up programmer – milling and turning, registered nurse and tool and mold maker
Central Alabama: Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse
Coastal: Computer Support Specialist, CNC Setup Program, Industrial Maintenance Mechanic, Registered Nurse, Licensed Practitioner Nurse, Accounting Technician, Building Maintenance Repairman, Craftsman Craftsman, HVAC Installer/Service Technician, Stamping Press Operator, Surgical Technologist, Survey Writer , Tool and Mold Making
Drake State: Registered Nurse, HVAC Installer/Service Technician, Licensed Practical Nurse
Company status: Mechatronics engineer
Gadsden State: Registered Nurse
Ingram State: Heater and Air Conditioner Installer/Service, Diesel Mechanic
Jefferson State: chef (hotel and restaurant); welder, combination; Registered Nurse
Lawson State: machinist (precision mechanic); welder, combination
Lurleen B Wallace: Mechatronics engineer, diesel mechanic, qualified nurse, licensed nurse
Northeast Alabama: Qualified nurse, machinist (precision mechanic); maintenance workshop, industry; Welder carpenter
Northwest Shoals: Heating and air conditioning installer/service technician
Reid condition: Industrial mechanic, professional driver
Shelton State: Industrial Manufacturing Engineer
Snead State: Nurse, welder, industrial mechanic
Southern Union: Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse
State of Trenholm: Auto Mechanic (Car Mechanic)
Wallace-Dothan: Automotive Technician Specialist, Industrial Mechanic, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Electrician, Maintenance, IT Desk Specialist
Wallace-Hanceville: Qualified nurse, industrial technician (heavy construction equipment mechanic), industrial mechanic, tool mechanic, diesel mechanic, tool and mold maker
Wallace-Selma: industrial maintenance company; Electrician, maintenance