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.
Abbygail Oertel, Transportation Youth Apprentice
Alex Erickson, Information Technology Youth Apprentice
Connor Knezic, Marketing Youth Apprentice
Hudson Meverden, Manufacturing Youth Apprentice
Jacob Wendorf, Architecture & Construction Youth Apprentice
Kasey Woolley, Architecture and Construction Youth Apprentice
Kayley McColley, Nursing Assistant Youth Apprentice
Piper Pietrowski, Manufacturing Youth Apprentice
Youth Apprenticeship Programs
Youth Apprenticeship programs are available in the following categories:
- Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
- Architecture and Construction
- Graphic Design/Printing
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Information Technology
- 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
|School||Contact Person||Email Address|
|Abbotsford||Nicole Kloth den Otterfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|D.C. Everest||Aaron Hoffmanemail@example.com|
|D.C. Everest Idea School||Kendra Gilbertsonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|EEA Learning Academy||Jean Abreuemail@example.com|
|Faith Christian Academy||Kathryn Pettis
|Newman Catholic||Keri Wulffirstname.lastname@example.org|
|NTC Alternative High School||Derek Yirkovskyemail@example.com|
|Northland Lutheran||Andrea Stelterfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rib Lake||Michelle Rhodesemail@example.com|
|Rural Virtual Academy||Kathy Alexanderfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wausau Area Virtual Education (WAVE)||Teri Setheremail@example.com|
|Wausau East||Missy Cayleyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wausau West||Taryn Fulleremail@example.com|
|White Lake||Cassidy Stroblfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wisconsin Valley Lutheran||Becky Petersonemail@example.com|