Apprenticeship Program

Application Deadline is April 22, 2022 @ 5pm.


The Made in Henderson County (MIHC) Apprenticeship is a high-quality, industry-driven career pathway offered to recent high school graduates and other residents in Henderson County. It is a work-based learning model where employers help develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals obtain on-the-job training, job-related classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally recognized credential through Blue Ridge Community College.

Why become a Manufacturing Apprentice?

  • Earn While You Learn: Whether in class or on the job, you’ll be earning a paycheck!
  • Free Tuition: That’s right- no college debt! Plus you’re paid to attend class.
  • Guaranteed Job Offer + Nationally Recognized Certificate: After completing the program, you’ll receive a Mechatronics Engineering Technology certificate and a full-time job offer with your partner company.
  • High-Wage Job Opportunities: On average, manufacturing employers pay $12,000+ more annually than all other industries in Henderson County.
  • College Tuition Reimbursement: What if you want to get an associate’s or bachelor’s degree after program completion? No problem! Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to pay for part, or all, of your education at a 2 or 4-year college or university.
  • Multiple Career Paths: The Apprenticeship program is only the beginning. Afterward, apprentices can start a professional career in a variety of advanced manufacturing fields including engineering, operations & management, robotics, welding, sales & business development, finance, tool & die, quality control, machining, automation & process improvement, and industrial maintenance.

2020-2021 Partner Companies

How the Program Works

The MIHC Apprenticeship program is simple. Each week, you’ll spend one day in class at Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) and the other four days getting real-world, hands-on work experience at one of our partner companies. After three semesters, you’ll graduate from the program with a Mechatronics Engineering Technology Certificate and a full-time job offer.

2022-2023 Program Schedule
Summer 2022: Pre-Apprenticeship Program, Assessment and Hiring Process
Fall Semester 2022: Monday – classes at BRCC, Tues-Fri – working in facility
Spring Semester 2023: Monday – classes at BRCC, Tues-Fri – working in facility
Summer 2023: No Classes
Fall Semester 2023: Mon-Thurs – working in facility, Friday – classes at BRCC

Wage Scale

Yeah, you’ll get an education. And a paycheck too. Here’s how much MIHC apprentices make as they progress through the program. Benefits and potential performance bonuses may apply.

Start of Program$14.00/hour
End of Fall Semester 1$14.50/hour
End of Spring Semester 1$15.50/hour
End of Program$17.00/hour

Application Process & Important Dates

The application for the 2022-2023 Henderson County Apprenticeship program is now open.

Application requirements:

  • High School Graduate (by end of school year 2022) or GED recipient
  • 2.5 Grade Point Average
  • Good attendance in school


School Information Session Schedule

For current high school students:

Innovative High SchoolTBD
West Henderson High School
December 15, 2021 @ 11:00am
East Henderson High SchoolDecember 9, 2021 @ 9:30am
Hendersonville High SchoolDecember 8, 2021 @ 11:45am
North Hendersonville High School
December 10, 2021 @ 11:25am

*If you have questions about attending an information session at your high school, please see your school counselor.


For all students and others interested:

Blue Ridge Community College Open HouseMarch 1, 2022 @ 5-7pm
Apprenticeship 2022 Open House
March 5, 2022 @ 10-12pm



Industry Tour Dates

Industry #1
Industry #2TBD
Industry #3TBD
Industry #4
Industry #5TBD


*If you are unable to make one of the above dates and are still interested in touring, please reach out to Brittany Brady at [email protected] or (828) 692-6373.

Application Deadline is April 22, 2022 @ 5pm.