Alamance Community College and Alamance County will hold a graduation ceremony on June 3 for seven student apprentices.
The seven ACC industrial students have earned their college degrees while working full time as apprentices. The Career Accelerator Program (CAP) is designed for high school juniors and seniors who can earn money on the job as soon as they start the apprenticeship program while also taking college classes.
All tuition, books, and fees for the associate’s degree program are covered, so the students graduate debt-free. Upon completion of the program, apprentices earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) from Alamance Community College and have the option to then transfer degree credits to most state four-year universities.
The students also earn specialized certification and experience that is recognized and sought by employers. Many employers offer health insurance, retirement, and paid-time-off benefits to apprentices. Currently 12 participating local companies are members of the consortium.
This innovative collaboration between Alamance County CAP and Alamance Community College allows local companies to fill the gap between a retiring workforce and qualified skilled workers. The consortium and ACC work together to develop and adjust the curriculums in the offered degree pathways so training and education stay relevant and up to date. This program relies on a mixed learning environment of on-the-job training from retiring employees and in-classroom learning, which allows students to take ownership in the process of achieving their educational goals and functioning productively in the working world.
Alamance CAP is recognized by the State of North Carolina as a registered apprenticeship program.
What: Career Accelerator Program Graduation
When: Thursday, June 3, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Alamance Community College, Auditorium on top floor of main campus, 1247 Jimmie Kerr Rd. Graham, NC 27253