Apprenticeship Fair connects employers with job-seekers

April 24, 2024 Freeman Gregory

WCC student apprentices

Washtenaw Community College will join the Job Developers Alliance (JDA) and its inaugural Apprenticeship Fair next week to showcase work-learn opportunities for students and partner with employers.

The Wednesday, May 1, event is designed to connect those who want to earn trade or professional skills through hands-on experiences with local employers. The fair will be from 4-7 pm at Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple Road, Ann Arbor.

Representatives from local employers, including Michigan Medicine Department of Pathology, ZOLLER, E & E Manufacturing and CVS Health, among others, will be on hand to answer questions.

JDA is comprised of local organizations and nonprofits from the Washtenaw County area, including Washtenaw Community College.

WCC will highlight multiple apprenticeship programs that follow an employer-driven, "earn-while-you-learn" model combining on-the-job training provided by employers who have partnered with the college for their educational requirements.

It is a flexible training strategy that can be customized to meet the needs of any business. Apprentices can be new hires or current employees who need skill upgrades. 

The college recently received approval for its first U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship program. As such, WCC serves as an intermediary in partnership with Toyota and Subaru of Ann Arbor. The college’s status as an USDOL Registered Apprenticeship intermediary opens the door for development of similar apprenticeship programs with other companies offering any USDOL-approved occupation.

In its partnership with Toyota and Subaru, WCC offers a two-year Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship program to successful candidates.

Apprenticeship programs can be especially effective for high school graduates who may not otherwise envision college as part of their career journey.

The May 1 fair is supported by several other community organizations, including Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development, City of Ann Arbor, Amy Cell Talent, MichiganWorks! Southeast, Jewish Family Services, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, and Michigan Rehabilitation Services.

Everyone is welcome at the fair, and attendees are encouraged to prepare their resume ahead of time and dress professionally to impress potential employers. 



What: Job Developers Alliance inaugural Apprenticeship Fair

When: 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1

Where: Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple Road, Ann Arbor

Who: Students and adults interested in apprenticeships offering work-and-learn opportunities

Contact: Email [email protected] or call 734-677-5221


Tags: Apprenticeship Programs, Apprenticeships, USDOL Registered Apprenticeship

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