The Industrial Maintenance Apprenticeship Program at Illinois Central College was featured as the best earn and learn model by the Illinois Community College Board’s publication of “Promising Practices in Illinois Career Pathways.” This 2 1/2 year program is a product of ICC staff and local companies joining forces to help fill the current gaps in the workforce.
The program is designed to allow students to earn while they learn, with the end result of providing companies with the trained employees they need. ICC offers qualified applicants the opportunity to get paid in a high-demand job, while also attending school to earn an associate degree. The program combines job-related credit courses with structured on-the-job learning experiences. Students are on the job and in the classroom for eight weeks each during the semester, and they are paid a wage for both the classroom and job site portions.
The goal for the apprenticeship program is to provide workers with advanced skill sets meeting the specific needs of employers, using a flexible learning approach. ICC is fortunate to have the support of numerous companies providing a significant amount of funding and donated equipment. The college looks forward to continuing this program as long as there is a need in the field.
For more information and to read this featured article, visit icc.edu/news.