Is an Apprenticeship Right For You?
There are many benefits to participation in the Harper Apprenticeship Program. Students in an apprenticeship program have access to classroom and lab experiences with qualified Harper faculty plus on-the-job training with a dedicated mentor in the company where they work. This on the job training program enables students to Earn a salary while they Learn a career. Following are some benefits of an Apprenticeship program:
- Gain practical skills and relevant training
- Earn national credentials and Harper College certificate or degree
- Zero debt on graduation
- Guaranteed employment
- Industry-aligned education
- Higher wages and career advancement
Companies from the manufacturing, insurance and other sectors have approached Harper to create their training programs. Their expectation is that students will develop the necessary foundational skill set and bring their expertise to work at the company. Harper and these companies worked to align the college curriculum to their employment needs. Students are hired and earn a salary as an apprentice with the company and attend Harper College with the potential for continued employment beyond program completion.
The partner companies cover the training costs of the Apprenticeship program. This includes tuition, fees & books, as well as paying a salary. The student will graduate with no debt providing the opportunity to start their career without the burden of heavy student loans.
The apprenticeship program is created in blocks of time specific for each program to enhance optimal learning. Part of the time each semester is dedicated to coursework at Harper College and the remaining time is for on-the-job training with a company mentor. Scheduling is done in such a way as to avoid any potential conflicts between time in the classroom and time on-the-job.
The on the job training programs are designed for high demand positions and guarantee the apprentice a job while in the program. Employers desire to gain a loyal employee who builds their career at the company that hired and trained them after the apprentice successfully completes the program.