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):

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 2018 Student and Parent/Guardian Information Meetings

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Student and parent/guardian information meetings will be held on the following dates. All meetings will begin at 5:30pm and will end by 6:30pm.

  • November 27, 2018 - La Follette High School

  • November 28, 2018 - Memorial High School

  • December 12, 2018 - West High School

  • December 18, 2018 - East High School

Information Meeting Flyer - .pdf (English Flyer | Spanish Flyer | Hmong Flyer

Information Meeting Parent/Guardian Letter - .pdf (English Letter | Spanish Letter | Hmong Letter
Information Meeting Content

 Ten Step Checklist to Completing Youth Apprenticeship

Youth Apprenticeship 10 Step Checklist (Google doc) 

There are 10 steps to complete the Youth Apprenticeship Program. The Youth Apprenticeship 10 Step Checklist contains instructions for how to properly complete each step. Please read the instructions carefully.

Application Process: Steps 1-4

Complete Steps 1-4 to apply for admission into the Youth Apprenticeship Program.  

Step 1:  Online Student Application (Google form)

Step 2: Online Parent/Guardian Certification (Google form)

Step 3:  Three (3) Recommendations  (Google doc)

Share recommendation form electronically or in print with three different individuals. Submit completed forms to school-based experiential learning liaison.

Step 4:  Individual Student Interview 

Once your completed application has been processed, you will have a scheduled interview with the YA team. Interviews will be held at your high school. Following the interview, the YA team will inform you of next steps appropriate for your schedule and your career area of interest.

Admissions Process: Steps 5-9

Step 5: Acceptance into the Youth Apprenticeship Program

Step 6: Prepare School Schedule for Youth Apprenticeship

Students requesting YA in Health Science take the ACCUPLACER Exam or submit an ACT Reading Score.  Students may schedule the Accuplacer exam with their school's Experiential Learning Liaison.

Step 7: Work Placements

Step 8: Enroll in the Youth Apprenticeship Google Classroom

Step 9: Complete Requirements for the Youth Apprenticeship Certificate

Evaluation Process: Step 10

Step 10: Complete Youth Apprenticeship Skills Checklist and Post Program Survey

The Skill Standards Checklists below detail the requirements for completing a Youth Apprenticeship. Level 1 and Level 2 requirements are listed on the front page of each checklist. Your YA Coordinator will guide you through completing this checklist and all aspects of the apprenticeship process.

YA Skill Standards Checklists by program  By Pathway | By Unit

 Resources for Students

Youth Apprenticeship Student Handbook

General Complaint Form

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 - Sacia Wheeler
West High School - Sarah Quinn
Capital High - Joel Jarosky
Shabazz - Sarah Drake

Resources for Employers

Resources for Educators

For further questions, please contact Sherrie L. Stuessy, slstuessy@madison.k12.wi.us, MMSD Experiential Learning Coordinator at (608) 663-1978.