EUGENE, Ore.—Lane Community College will celebrate its apprenticeship students and programs at a National Apprenticeship Week celebration event on Wednesday, November 13, at 6 p.m. in building 10, room 103, main campus, 4000 E. 30th Ave., Eugene.
“We want to recognize our hard-working apprenticeship students,” says division dean Lynn Nakamura. “They work during the day and attend classes in the evening.” This term, Lane is serving 427 active apprentices.
“We also want to give a shout-out to the new Registered Pre-Apprenticeship Programs at Mohawk High School and Springfield High School,” says Joy Crump, administrative specialist for the Apprenticeship program at Lane.
Apprentices, high school students and their parents, instructors, industry partners, and workforce advocates have been invited. The event is free and open to the public.
Lane recently won a three-year $140,000 grant from the Expanding Community College Apprenticeship initiative of the American Association of Community Colleges. The grant will help Lane serve 150 new apprentices. Lane will also use funds to increase employer participation; improve outreach to potential students; develop more online/in-class hybrid courses; provide more training for instructors; prepare potential apprenticeship students; and purchase new equipment. Lane is the only ECCA grant recipient in Oregon.
Apprenticeships allow students to learn a highly skilled profession through on-the-job training and classroom instruction, sponsored by employers. Apprenticeships last two to four years with at least 144 hours of related training per year required for most trades.
Lane offers nine different apprenticeship programs. Graduates qualify for starting wages ranging from $22 to $32 per hour depending on the trade: carpenters ($22), HVAC technicians-installers ($27), limited energy technicians ($28), inside electricians ($33), limited maintenance electricians ($26), manufacturing plant electricians ($29), millwrights ($25), plumbers ($31), and sheet metal workers ($24).
For accommodations to attend the event, contact the Center for Accessible Resources at (541) 463-5150 (voice), 711 (relay), or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Lane Community College educates over 25,000 students annually at six locations across Lane County and online. Students and alumni from all 50 states and 79 countries create more than an $850 million dollar impact on the local economy, helping to support more than 13,000 local jobs. Lane provides affordable, quality, professional technical and college transfer programs; business development and employee training; academic, language and life skills development; and lifelong personal development and enrichment courses.