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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

School Contact Person Email Address
Abbotsford Nicole Kloth den Otter
Antigo Joanie Fisher
Athens Michelle Murkowski
Bowler Abby Behnke
Chequamegon Kelly Inman-Patterson
Colby Kiersten Rogowski
D.C. Everest Aaron Hoffman
D.C. Everest Idea School Kendra Gilbertson
EEA Learning Academy Jean Abreu
Edgar Kris Federwitz
Faith Christian Academy Kathryn Pettis
Jane Bosi
Loyal Stephanie Donnerbauer
Marathon Ryan Winkler
Medford Barb Gelhaus
Mosinee Sue Swinick
Newman Catholic Gloria Baecker
NTC Alternative High School Derek Yirkovsky
Northland Lutheran Andrea Stelter
Phillips Dan Livingston
Prentice Kati Isaacson
Rib Lake Michelle Rhodes
Rural Virtual Academy Megan LaMarch
Spencer Heidi Brostowitz
Stratford Marshall Lehman
Wausau Area Virtual Education (WAVE) Teri Sether
Wausau East Elizabeth Zastrow
Wausau West Taryn Fuller
White Lake Cassidy Strobl
Wittenberg-Birnamwood Chris Nier

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.