The Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program is a rigorous one- or two-year elective statewide program that combines academic and technical instruction with mentored, paid, on-the-job learning that makes a real world connection for students.

Youth Apprentices work a minimum of 450 hours at their YA worksite each year of their program and take related high school or college classes to enhance their worksite experiences.

High school juniors and seniors from participating North Central Wisconsin School-to-Career Partnership schools are eligible to participate.

Benefits of Youth Apprenticeship

There are several benefits associated with participating in the Youth Apprenticeship program, including: earning a paycheck while learning from skilled professionals, receiving high school elective credit, potentially earning college credit through Credit for Prior Learning opportunities, and receiving a state-issued skills certificate, which is recognized by employers and colleges.

Why I Apprentice

Brenden Rohland is an alumni Youth Apprentice that participated in the Architecture & Construction - Electrical program. While in the Youth Apprenticeship program, he participated in a national competition called “Why I Apprentice”. As part of the competition, Youth Apprentices across the country were asked “Why do you apprentice?” and they were required to create and submit a video that summarized their experience. Listen to what Brenden had to say!

Hear From Our Youth Apprentices

The Youth Apprenticeship program provides high school juniors and seniors a chance to explore and get a jump start on their future career.  Hear from students who participated in the program and experienced first-hand how the program has impacted their life and future career.

Dan’l Sullivan

Dan’l has had a very positive experience in the phlebotomy YA program and has taken what he learned in the phlebotomy certificate program at NTC and connected it to real-life experience at Wausau Aspirus Hospital. In the process, he expanded his communication skills through patient contact and interactions with other healthcare professionals. This YA experience not only has prepared Dan’l for success after graduation but will also help him on his journey in the health pathway.

Kasey Woolley, Architecture and Construction Youth Apprentice

Kasey Woolley is a carpentry Youth Apprentice (YA) at Findorff Construction. Currently, she’s working on a large project in the Plover area, helping build a children’s museum. Her experience has allowed her to work with a number of subcontractors and explore many different career opportunities. She’s also excited that this project has “allowed her to help the community.” In addition to learning more about the construction industry, Kasey has narrowed down a career path for her future.

Malachai Anderson, Marketing: Professional Sales and Merchandising Youth Apprentice

Malachai Anderson is a Marketing: Professional Sales and Merchandising Youth Apprentice working at Northside Computers. He enjoyed his experience so much, he actually bought the company! The YA program allowed Malachai to find a way to explore his passion for computers and really clarify what he wants to do professionally.

Piper Pietrowski, Manufacturing Youth Apprentice

Piper Pietrowski worked for her father’s business, Rib Falls Fabrication, as a Manufacturing Youth Apprentice growing her skills in the area of welding. Upon completion of her YA program, she realized that she wants to take over her father’s business in the future and the goals are limitless.

Jacob Wendorf, Architecture & Construction Youth Apprentice

Jacob began his Youth Apprenticeship experience working for Elite Electrical, and then after high school graduation, was offered an opportunity at Newton Electric, where he is currently employed. Jacob was able to bring his experience and knowledge from the Youth Apprenticeship program in to his position at Newton Electric and will soon be starting his Registered Apprenticeship program as well.

Abbygail Oertel, Transportation Youth Apprentice

As a Transportation Youth Apprentice, Abbygail Oertel has not only found her career passion working at a local automotive business, but she has also found her work family.

Alex Erickson, Information Technology Youth Apprentice

Alex Erickson is an alumni Youth Apprentice who participated in the Information Technology program. Alex worked as a Youth Apprentice for his school district, but upon high school graduation was selected for the IT Scholars Program through Church Mutual Insurance Company. Alex continues to work for Church Mutual Insurance Company on their IT support team.

Connor Knezic, Marketing Youth Apprentice

Connor Knezic currently participates in the Marketing Youth Apprenticeship program with a local manufacturing company. Connor hopes to pursue a degree in Business and his YA experience is providing him a jump start on his career.

Hudson Meverden, Manufacturing Youth Apprentice

Hudson Meverden is an alumni Youth Apprentice who participated in the Manufacturing program as a Maintenance Technician. While participating in the Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program, Hudson also completed the Welding Academy at NTC.

Kayley McColley, Nursing Assistant Youth Apprentice

Kayley McColley is an alumni Youth Apprentice that participated in the Health program as a Nursing Assistant. Her experience as a Youth Apprentice gave her the confidence and reassurance that Nursing was the career she wanted to pursue.

Youth Apprenticeship Programs

Youth Apprenticeship programs are available in the following categories:

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Business
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Graphic Design/Printing
  • Health
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science Technology, Engineering and Math
  • Transportation Distribution and Logistics

Participate in Youth Apprenticeship

Midway through your sophomore or junior year, contact the Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator at your high school and they will work with NTC to help you complete your Youth Apprenticeship application portfolio so that you can get started.

Youth Apprenticeship Contacts

SchoolContact PersonEmail Address
AbbotsfordNicole Kloth den
ColbyChrisie Wright
Monica Dukelow
D.C. EverestAaron
D.C. Everest Idea SchoolKendra
EEA Learning AcademyJean
Faith Christian AcademyJessica Mehl
Jane Bosi
Newman CatholicGloria
NTC Alternative High SchoolDerek
Northland LutheranAndrea
Rib LakeMichelle
Rural Virtual AcademyMegan
Wausau Area Virtual Education (WAVE)Jena
Wausau EastElizabeth
Wausau WestTaryn
White LakeMichelle

Resources for School-Based Coordinators

Information and resources for school-based coordinators interested in or currently participating in the Youth Apprenticeship program.

Resources for Employers

Information and resources for employers interested in or currently participating in the Youth Apprenticeship program.