Apprenticeship Program Activities
BSCTC maintains that the opportunity to develop and sustain RA’s is readily available for targeted workforce development initiatives, every career/technical educational program, as well as A.A. and A.S. degree pathways. The work to develop the apprenticeships, update and align curriculum to new career pathways, and work with business to develop meaningful contracts and agreements, is time intensive. Furthermore, the task of developing apprenticeships requires acumen, excellent communication skills, and a unique set of skills in the areas of education, business, curriculum development, and contract negation. The addition of a full-time Apprenticeship Coordinator (AC) to BSCTC’s team will exponentially impacted the number of apprenticeships in the Eastern Kentucky region, increasing the opportunities for businesses to develop a more highly skilled workforce pipeline for the region particularly in the top five high-demand, high wage industries.
Apprenticeship Program Objectives
Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) provides accessible quality educational opportunities for student success, promotes economic growth and enhances the quality of life of its constituents. Accordingly, the college’s Apprenticeship Program team will develop outcomes associated with these and other program objectives:
- Increase apprenticeship opportunities in the primary grant focus industry of advanced manufacturing.
- Create additional apprenticeship opportunities within industry sectors such as: Construction (Skilled Trades), Healthcare, Business Services, Information Technology, Transportation and Logistics, and others.
- Increase recruiting of underserved and underrepresented apprenticeship populations such as: unemployed, transformational/re-entry, minorities, women, veterans, and incumbent workers.
- Develop and launch marketing campaigns targeted to apprenticeship opportunity for special populations such as: unemployed, women, and minorities.
- Enable career-change pathways for incumbent workers already working with industry partners.
- Develop and deploy recruiting initiatives for veterans transitioning from military to civilian careers.
- Increase number of new participating employers associated with the apprenticeship program.
- Create and promote Peer-to-Peer industry apprenticeship marketing and recruitment.
- Participate in the development and creation of new curriculum or curriculum reviews.
- Develop and deploy recruiting initiatives for transformational, correctional re-entry, and substance abuse rehabilitation apprenticeship employment.
- Develop and deploy marketing material for community and economic development leaders to aid in manufacturing expansion based on the availability of the BSCTC college apprenticeship program.
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