This opportunity is open to any Rockingham County junior or senior high school student enrolled in public school, private school, charter school, or a North Carolina registered home school who has legal status to work in the United States and who meets the program’s eligibility guidelines. Students must have transportation available.
If you’re considering apprenticeship, the application process is designed to give you more insight and help you decide if apprenticeship is a good pathway for you. You’ll get a chance to tour companies and see actual job and career possibilities in action. The steps to becoming an apprentice also ensure the apprenticeship is a good match for both you, as a student, and the participating company.
Whether apprenticeship is your number one goal or you’re still exploring your options, start with the steps below to learn more and begin the application process.
There are a number of ways to learn more about apprenticeship opportunities in Rockingham County. Look for the following events and opportunities.
From October through December, students and parents are able to tour companies who offer apprenticeships. Each tour typically lasts about an hour, and you are able to learn about how the company operates, specific apprenticeship opportunities, possible career pathways, employee benefits, and more. Apprenticeship applicants and a parent or guardian must attend at least one open house in order to apply. During COVID 19 restrictions company open houses will be held virtually.
RockATOP student applications are typically available in October and are due in December of each year. Check back here for a link to the application in the fall.
After a review of applications, selected students will be invited to continue in the process with an invitational event held in February. This event will be held over four evenings. Attendance is mandatory for all four evenings.
Students that match with a company and meet all requirements will be invited to be a pre-apprentice. Students will be notified of this offer in mid-March. The summer paid pre-apprenticeship is a combination of working at the company and taking two classes at Rockingham Community College. Work hours and college hours generally occur during normal business hours. Students must have transportation to their work site and the college. Daily, punctual attendance is mandatory. College assignments must be completed when due.
During the summer pre-apprenticeship, students are evaluated for:
Individual students will meet with their company contact regarding the selection of apprentices. At that time, the selected students will receive information about their upcoming work schedules; the official signing ceremony, which is held in August; registration at Rockingham Community College; and other details.
In some cases, a pre-apprentice may not be selected as an apprentice. If a student is a rising senior and still interested in the program, they may apply again the following year.