Catawba Apprenticeship Network

Highlighting Catawba Valley Community College’s Catawba Apprenticeship Network

Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) formed the Catawba Apprenticeship Network in the fall of 2022. Through collaboration with Apprenticeship NC and CVCC, the Catawba Apprenticeship Network (CAN) was established with the vision of bridging the gap between education and industry, creating a talent pipeline, and fostering a skilled and adaptable workforce to meet the evolving demands of the job market. 

The program has consistently demonstrated excellence in facilitating apprenticeship opportunities and connecting motivated individuals with industry-leading employers.

CAN offers a wide variety of occupations including opportunities in advanced manufacturing, skilled trades, information technology, healthcare, and education. CAN apprentices are supported throughout the apprenticeship process as CVCC faculty and staff build relationships with our apprentices to promote retention and completion. CAN apprentices are offered opportunities to give back to the community, mentor new apprentices, and assist in recruiting a pipeline of future apprenticeships. 

Nationally, 91% of apprentices who complete an apprenticeship program retain employment, and upon completion, earn an average annual salary of $70,000.

Pre-Apprentice Pathways are designed to prepare high school students to enter Registered Apprenticeship Programs upon graduation. Examples of Pre-Apprenticeship Pathways include Public Safety, SOFA Academy, Construction Academy, Manufacturing Academy, Automotive Academy, Education Academy, Fire Academy, Health Services Academy, and the Hospitality Academy.

Examples of Registered Apprenticeship Pathways include Mechatronics Engineering, Maintenance Technician, Construction, HVAC and Electrical, Police Recruit (City of Hickory), Sewing, Cutting and Upholstery, Automotive, IT/Cyber Security, Health Care Pathways (Catawba Valley Medical Center), Early Childhood, Two Year Teacher Prep, and Firefighters (City of Hickory.)

Students who enroll in Apprenticeship programs have the opportunity to earn while they learn, receive free college tuition, and/or earn a college certificate, diploma, or degree. They also have an opportunity to earn a nationally recognized Journeyworker credential as well as gaining base training and strong foundations in their chosen fields. 

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In conclusion, the Catawba Apprenticeship Network has demonstrated exemplary dedication to workforce development. The program’s innovative approach, successful partnerships, and measurable impact make it a valuable resource for our community as a whole!

To learn more about CAN, prospective candidates or employers can contact Christy Lefevers via email or call 828-327-7000 x4308. You can also learn more on their website here.

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