It’s one of the many questions that high school parents ask themselves. What does my child need to do after graduation in order to have a career that not only pays the bills, but also offers stability, fulfillment, and an opportunity to grow and advance?
Does my student need a four-year degree, or maybe a military career? Many students are finding another pathway to career success through apprenticeship, a model that has been successful throughout both the United States and Europe for centuries. Nearly a dozen companies in the Rockingham County area are offering apprenticeships to high school juniors and seniors through the Rockingham Apprenticeship and Technical Opportunities Program (RockATOP).
With an apprenticeship your student 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:
As a parent, you realize navigating adulthood isn’t just about knowledge, but it also includes personal skills. During an apprenticeship, students work with seasoned mentors, and the program is designed to help them learn:
Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of fields, from robotics and electronics, to advanced manufacturing.