Youth Apprenticeship, or YA, is a rigorous one- or two-year elective program for juniors and seniors, that combines academic and technical classroom instruction with mentored, on-the-job training to provide students with industry-established occupational and employability skills. Post-secondary and business partnerships are essential for a successful youth apprenticeship program.
Currently, YA programs are offered in the following areas (click on an individual area to find additional information):
- Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Program
- Architecture & Construction Program
- Arts, A/V Technology & Communications program
- Finance Program
- Health Science Program
- Hospitality, Lodging & Tourism Program
- Information Technology Program
- Manufacturing Program
- Marketing Program
- Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Program
- Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Program
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Checklist to Completing Youth Apprenticeship
STEP 1: Student Application
Students can apply online here to become a youth apprentice anytime during their sophomore year through the end of the 1st semester of their senior year. Interested students can also contact their School-Based Experiential Learning Liaison for more information.
STEP 2: Intake Interview
Once the student completes their application, they will need to meet with the school's Experiential Learning Liaison for an in-person interview.
STEP 3: Get Ready
Student will work with the school liaison to prepare a resume, submit a parent/guardian certification, and review or enroll in related coursework. Students will then work toward gaining employment within their chosen YA career cluster.
STEP 4: Employed
Once a student is employed, they will need to:
- Schedule an ETA meeting within 30 days of employment
- Meet with their school-based experiential learning liaison to join the YA google classroom
- Work with the liaison to schedule quarterly in-person performance evaluations
STEP 5: YA Program Completion
- Student will complete all required google classroom check-ins, time tracking, in-person meetings and final reflection
- Student will complete a total of 450 hours per year
- Submit a final industry checklist and post survey
Resources for Students
Resume and Interview Preparation
Resume Template (Google Doc)
School-based Experiential Learning Liaisons
The School-based Experiential Learning Liaison is an on-site contact for students to support increased student achievement and Youth Apprenticeship Program success.
East High School - Amy Isensee
La Follette High School - Anna D'Amelio
James Madison Memorial High School - Sigrun Paust
West High School - Sarah Quinn
Capital High - Joel Jarosky
Shabazz - Sarah Drake