Helping high school students prepare for life after graduation is a big responsibility. You want to help each student pursue a path that fits their skills and interests and sets them up for success, yet you know a 4-year college experience isn’t for everyone.
A nationally recognized youth apprenticeship program, which is offered in Rockingham County, provides another pathway to promising, in-demand careers. The Rockingham Apprenticeship and Technical Opportunities Program (RockATOP) is built on a successful model, which has been used by communities throughout the United States and Europe. Local forward-thinking companies have adopted apprenticeship as a vital way to fill valued, skilled positions and train the next generation of leaders.
With an apprenticeship students will:
High school students are able to start the 4-year apprenticeship program the summer after their junior or senior year. Apprenticeships let students get a jump start on learning career skills and earning money. Students will:
Bright, motivated students that enjoy science and math and thrive in a hands-on learning environment are typically a good fit for the apprenticeship program. Students should also be responsible, organized, and willing to learn both technical skills and broader workplace skills, such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving.
Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of fields, from information technology and logistics, to aviation mechanics and advanced manufacturing.
If you have a student that you think would be a good match for the Rockingham Apprenticeship and Technical Opportunities Program, you can help them explore this growing career pathway. Learn how students can apply.