Norco College CTE
Collaborates with top companies to create Apprenticeship program
Norco College CTE is collaborating with
Target, Fender and Walmart to create a new Supply Chain Automation Technician
Apprenticeship Program. This is part of a $500,000 grant awarded by the
California Apprenticeship Initiative to develop and launch new apprenticeships
in the Inland Empire region.
What is apprenticeship?
Often referred to as an earn-and-learn
program, apprenticeship is a method of career development that combines
on-the-job training with relevant classroom education. In this program,
businesses can partner with Norco College CTE by forming cooperative learning
tracks among their workforce. Upon completion of their program,
apprentices receive a college certificate that demonstrates professional
competencies and skills in their chosen field. These certificates are
valued by industry because employers recognize that graduates of
apprenticeships can apply technical knowledge in addition to learned skills.
Norco College CTE classes in the apprenticeship program can also be used to
pursue two year associate degrees.
What is Norco College CTE doing that is
new and innovative?
The state of California has a large
apprenticeship system with thousands of apprentices, but expanding this method
of learning into occupations outside of the construction building trades
requires a new and innovative approach. As the host college for the
National Center for Supply Chain Automation, Norco College CTE has invested in
supply chain automation education and have developed strong relationships with
businesses in the supply chain industry. Alongside our industry partners,
Norco College CTE aligned its existing curriculum with on-the-job training
components and created a national template for a registered apprenticeship
program. This new apprenticeship program will mean businesses can engage
the training of technicians by using the college as a formal education
partner. In addition, Supply Chain Automation Technicians can earn an
industry valued certification backed by the Department of Labor, which is
recognized across the country. A registered apprenticeship program in
supply chain automation creates a visible entry point to a growing occupation
How to Get Involved:
Whether you are an employer looking to
establish a better training model among your workforce, or an individual
interested getting a jump-start in a new occupation, Norco College CTE can
help. Apprenticeships benefit businesses and workers by focusing on skill
development in partnership with higher education. The building-blocks of
a program are fairly simple – businesses simply identify an occupation and
learning objectives. We can create an apprenticeship that provides
businesses with a way to recruit, develop, and retain professionals while
offering prospective candidates an entry point to skilled occupations.
Contact Charles Henkels, Apprenticeship
director, and get started today. Charles.Henkels@norcocollege.edu.