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 Women: Check out apprenticeship and 'Earn While You Learn'


 Casey Fryda


Women are invited to learn about being paid to go to college through apprenticeship.

A free information session at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College will outline what an apprenticeship is, what apprenticeship is like for women, and how to apply.

No experience is needed to start an apprenticeship, an earn-while-you-learn program in which the apprentice is paid for the hours spent on the job and in class. Apprenticeships usually include health insurance and other employee benefits. Upon completion of an apprenticeship, workers typically earn nearly the same income that four-year-college and university graduates earn.

NWTC offers apprenticeships in 14 building and industrial trades, although the session will highlight construction trades:

  • Carpentry
  • Construction
  • Electrician
  • Masonry
  • Plumbing
  • Sheet Metal
  • Steamfitting
  • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Apprenticeship Introduction for Women

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Where: Room SC 128 in the Student Center, NWTC-Green Bay

Fee: None.

Registration is appreciated: For details or to register, call Wa Yia Thao, (920) 498-6895 or (800) 422-NWTC, extension 6895, or e-mail

The workshop is being funded through the Carl D. Perkins III Reserve Funds – Nontraditional Occupations grant.

Benefits of Apprenticeship

  • Apprenticeship offers variety, combining challenging job duties with related classroom instruction.
  • Students are paid for the hours they spend learning on the job and in the classroom.
  • Apprentices qualify for increasing pay levels each year, plus other benefits offered by the employer, such as sick leave, health insurance, paid vacations and holidays.
  • NWTC apprenticeship classes focus on the skills our students use on the job.
  • Apprentices earned over $20 per hour on average in 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Source:
  • When apprentices complete the program and become journeyworkers, they increase their employability in industry and may become supervisors or go into business for themselves. 


Apprenticeship Intro for Women at NWTC is April 22 2014