I “apprenticed” for my career by working 25 hours a week one semester in the news bureau of the university I graduated from. I didn’t get paid (and had to keep waitressing full time) but I got that much-needed experience. What I would have given to have an earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship like those we are celebrating today through Friday.
It’s the first ever National Apprenticeship Week, recognizing tried and true, on-the-job training that provides both paycheck and practical experience, and most often leads to a full-time job. It is part of President Obama’s plan, funded by $175 million (Macomb got some of it!), to renew interest in apprenticeships nationwide because they are a proven way of preparing individuals for highly skilled jobs.
To celebrate, Macomb has invited employers to a breakfast on Wednesday to learn how apprenticeships are good for business. But you can learn right now about apprenticeship and related training opportunities available at Macomb. Link to http://www.macomb.edu/future-students/choose-program/applied-technology-apprenticeship/index.html.
Wouldn’t you rather work at what you want to do instead of what you have to do?