Is Apprenticeship Right For My Private or Charter School Student?

As a parent, you know your teen best. You want them to have a unique learning experience that prepares them to become a next-generation leader — that’s why you chose a high school education that was tailored to meet their learning goals. Apprenticeship can serve as an extension of that experience and offers a distinctive path to finding professional and personal success. What kind of opportunities can it offer your private or charter school student? 

A College Degree with No Debt

With an apprenticeship your student will:

  • Earn a college degree with no debt 
  • Get paid to learn valuable skills
  • Become ready for career advancement
  • Gain experience in an advanced field of interest

Jumpstart Financial Stability

High school students are able to start the 4-year apprenticeship program the summer after their junior or senior year. Apprenticeships let students get real experience as they learn career skills and earn money. Students will: 

  • Finish high school classes while also starting college classes at no cost
  • Earn pay while learning on the job and during their time attending college classes 
  • Learn skills that are in high demand and that will prepare them for career advancement

Discover more about how apprenticeship works.

Personal and Professional Skills for Life

As a parent, you realize navigating adulthood isn’t just about knowledge. It also includes personal skills. During an apprenticeship, students benefit from one-on-one mentorship with an experienced professional from a trending industry. The program is designed to help them learn:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem-solving
  • Responsibility
  • Leadership
Help your teen confidently answer "What's next?"

What High School Parents are Saying About Apprenticeship

“The apprenticeship program gives Joseph the opportunity to be able to work and go to school at the same time, and to appreciate college. If it wasn’t for RockATOP, he would have gone straight to work after high school. The program is such a win-win.”

Sherry Ryan

mother of Joseph Ryan, second-year apprentice with ABCO Automation and student at Rockingham Community College

Where will apprenticeship take your teen?

Watch this video and find out how other students are finding success with apprenticeship in Rockingham County.

Apprenticeship is Just the Beginning of a Great Career

Download our Apprenticeship Brochure and talk with your teen about their career goals. Explore apprenticeship opportunities in a wide range of fields, from information technology and logistics, to robotics and advanced manufacturing.

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