Hickory – Catawba Valley Community College will hold public information session and recruitment event for Apprenticeship Catawba.

Hickory High School will host an event November 14 at 6 p.m. in the Media Center.

Parents of qualified high school students are invited to attend this session. High school juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or better, good attendance, and high math and science skills are qualified to apply to the program.

To meet the growing need for skilled trades in the Catawba Valley, local industry began collaborating with Catawba Valley Community College six years ago to “grow their own” talent through formal European style four-year apprenticeships. Sixty-five apprentices have matriculated through Apprenticeship Catawba since it began.

Key benefits include:
• Avoid student loan debt, currently ~$37,000
• Earn while learning
• Earn a nationally recognized Apprenticeship NC/US Dept. of Labor Journeyman Certificate
• Guaranteed employment after completion
• Earn min. $35K annually after the completion of the apprenticeship program, as much—or more than—some adults
• Opportunities to travel internationally
• Participating employers encourage—and sometimes fund—pursuit of a four-year degree

Sponsoring companies, Catawba Valley Community College officials, current apprentices and public school personnel will be available to answer questions about applying to Apprenticeship Catawba.

Hickory High School is located at 1234 3rd St. NE in Hickory. For more information, contact Kimberly Propst at 828-327-7000 x 4501, or email: [email protected].