Apprenticeship Program

Application Deadline is April 21, 2023 @ 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.

2023-2024 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.

2023-2024 Program Schedule
Summer 2023: Pre-Apprenticeship Program, Assessment, and Hiring Process
Fall Semester 2023: Monday – classes at BRCC, Tues-Fri – working in facility
Spring Semester 2024: Monday – classes at BRCC, Tues-Fri – working in facility
Summer 2024: No Classes
Fall Semester 2024: 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$16.00/hour
End of Fall Semester 1$16.50/hour
End of Spring Semester 2$17.50/hour
End of Program$19.00/hour

Application Process & Important Dates

The application for the 2023-2024 Henderson County Apprenticeship program is now open.

Applicant Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age by August 21, 2023
  • Must be a graduating high school senior, high school graduate, or have obtained a GED certificate.
  • Must have at least a 2.5 or above grade point average



School Information Session Schedule

For current high school students:

Innovative High SchoolTBD
West Henderson High School
East Henderson High SchoolTBD
Hendersonville High SchoolTBD
North Hendersonville High School

*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 HouseTBD
Apprenticeship 2023 Open House



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 Emily Martin at [email protected] or call (828) 692-6373.

Application Deadline is April 21, 2023 @ 5pm.