High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty- NPR

“All through my life it was, ‘if you don’t go to college you’re going to end up on the streets,’ ” Garret Morgan says. “Everybody’s so gung-ho about going to college.” So he tried it for a while. Then he quit and started training as an ironworker, which is what he is doing on a […]



Are apprenticeships the new on-ramp to good jobs?

The program had to be a scam. Why would anyone, she wondered, pay her to go to college? Even after Sarat Atobajeun found information about the program on Harper College’s website, she remained skeptical. A job with a $30,000 salary, plus college tuition and even complimentary textbooks? She called the community college to verify. Read […]


Harper College to Offer Banking and Finance Registered Apprenticeships

Banks have been experiencing great difficulty in finding suitable candidates for middle-skills jobs, that require some post-secondary education such as a two-year associate’s degree but not a four-year college degree. Illinois community colleges are starting to assist with expanding both traditional and non-traditional apprenticeship programs. Read the article here.


Honors Student Wants to Skip College and Go to Trade School

High-school graduates looking for career training can find many programs at community colleges or through a growing array of new offerings like coding academies and apprenticeships, some of which allow students to earn a salary and attend schools free. Read the article.



Zurich Apprenticeship Grad to Attend State of the Union Address

President Donald Trump will be doing the speaking during his State of the Union address today, but suburban members of Congress also hope to make statements by their choices of guests. Several Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals participants, a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman, a graduate of a suburban job apprenticeship program, a congressman’s wife, an […]


Wanted All Over: Qualified Workers

Ron Sandlin has tried everything. He has boosted pay, added vacation days and even lowered the minimum age requirement from 25 to 23. But he still can’t find enough qualified people to drive Patriot Transportation Holding’s oil trucks. “I’ve been in this business since 1984, and I’ve never seen what we’re dealing with in terms […]


Zurich Insurance CEO on Graduation of Nation’s First-Ever Insurance Apprentices

Recently, 18 adults, including a former car salesman and a stay-at-home dad, took a chance on an industry not widely recognized for the role it plays in helping people and businesses get back up and running when faced with adversity: insurance. These adults were the first graduates of our certified apprenticeship program for insurance professionals […]


Insurance Apprentices Graduate from Zurich

The inaugural class of 18 apprentices recently graduated from Zurich North America’s certified apprenticeship program, the first such program for insurance professionals in the U.S. The program prepares individuals for careers in the insurance industry through on-the-job training at Zurich’s North American headquarters in Schaumburg while simultaneously attending weekly classes at William Rainey Harper College. […]