Apprenticeship is really changing for
the 21st century. We’ve traditionally done construction
trades and now we’re moving into healthcare, IT, cybersecurity, and medical,
and so it’s really growing in a lot of different areas. Students going from high
school to college apprenticeship enhances the college experience, truly. We
can get kids in our engineering and science classes, in the 10th grade, new
project, Lead The Way, their pre-apprenticeship program, then they can
move into youth apprenticeship with an employer, a paid employer. Most of those
employers, the apprentice can finish their high school with a U.S. DOL
credential, national credential, and their diploma, and then a lot of companies,
particularly the German companies, Bosch, Boeing, and some of the other places,
actually send them to the university and then when they come out from their
four-year degree they already have experience in the real world. When I
started there 10 years ago, we had about 700 apprentices and about 500 programs.
Now, we have over a thousand programs and 22,000 apprentices. The national goal is
over 1 million apprentices by 2024.