June 15, 2018

For more than 75 years, registered apprenticeships have allowed people to learn and earn their way to a successful career and provided employers a skilled, qualified and stable workforce.

Because of a $159,000 Missouri Registered Apprenticeship grant, State Fair Community College will offer registered apprenticeship programs in Industrial Electrical Maintenance and Precision Machining starting in August. More programs may be added later. The grant funds will cover the cost of implementing and coordinating the program.

People in apprenticeship programs have access to classroom and lab experiences with qualified SFCC faculty while working with a dedicated workplace mentor. The employer hires the apprentice, pays wages and benefits and pays for their education. Participants who complete the program earn nationally recognized credentials that certifies occupational proficiency and is transferable.

SFCC’s registered apprenticeship program offers employers a low-risk hiring plan that builds employee loyalty and allows for the transfer of job knowledge from experienced, retiring employees to new co-workers. The United States Department of Labor reports that employers using an apprenticeship program achieve higher productivity and employee retention and a substantial return on investment.

People who want to become apprentices and employers who want to work with SFCC to offer apprenticeships can go to www.sfccmo.edu/apprenticeships to apply or contact Lori Blalock, apprenticeships director, at (660) 596-7135 or apprenticeships@sfccmo.edu.

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