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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.

How Do Youth Apprenticeships Work?

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

  • Follow a career pathway from high school to post-secondary institutions or the workforce
  • Earn a paycheck while learning from skilled professionals
  • Experience first-hand connections between high school education and real life work
  • Increase career awareness and improve future employability
  • Receive a state-issued skills certificate which is recognized by employers
  • Develop the necessary skills needed for successful entry-level employment
  • Earn college credit after completion through Credit for Prior Learning opportunities

Youth Apprenticeship Programs

Youth Apprenticeship programs are available in the following categories:

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • 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 or the Career Services & Youth Apprenticeship Manager at NTC — Dina Kilinski at 715.803.1190 or They will 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 Otter
Antigo Joanie Fisher
Athens Dan Nowak
Bowler Natalie Minshell
Chequamegon Kelly Inman-Patterson
Colby Taylor Ensign
D.C. Everest Aaron Hoffman
D.C. Everest Idea School Kendra Gilbertson
EEA Learning Academy Jennifer Golbach
Edgar Kris Federwitz
Loyal Stephanie Donnerbauer
Marathon Ryan Winkler
Medford Barb Gelhaus
Mosinee Todd Felch
Newman Catholic Keri Wulf
NTC Alternative High School Marjorie Bock
Northland Lutheran Andrea Stelter
Phillips Rebecca Macholl
Prentice Cal Kraegenbrink
Rib Lake Michelle Rhodes
Rural Virtual Academy Kathy Alexander
Spencer Katrina Rotar
Stratford Marshall Lehman
Wausau East Der Lo
Wausau West Taryn Fuller
White Lake Trina Woiak
Wisconsin Valley Lutheran Lisa Hetherman
Wittenberg-Birnamwood Nancy Resch

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.