MCC-Business & Technology apprenticeship program gets national honor

MCC-Business & Technology has been named by the U.S. Department of Labor as a 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship Trailblazer and Innovator, a national honor recognizing the campus’s work with regional union leaders to award college credit for apprenticeship training.

MCC-Business & Technology has developed Apprenticeship Degree Completion options that award 30-42 college credits for skills a student has mastered in a federally approved apprenticeship. Nineteen apprenticeships are eligible for MCC’s Industrial Technology-Apprenticeship Degree Completion program, including four of the five biggest programs in the country: electrician, carpenter, plumber, and pipe fitter.

Since the inception of the campus’s Industrial Technology-Apprenticeship Degree Completion program in December 2007, dozens of students have taken advantage of the program. While most apprenticeship training has a significant impact on wage earnings within 2.5 years of completion, an associate’s degree further enhances the skills training, frequently opening doors to supervisory and management positions and increasing earnings beyond journeyman status. The associate’s degree is also a stepping-stone to a baccalaureate degree.

The 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship Trailblazer and Innovator award was presented to MCC-Business & Technology leaders on August 1 in Washington D.C. during a ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the signing of the National Apprenticeship Act.

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