Apprenticeship Program


Skip the college debt. Fast-track your career today and get ahead of your peers.

The Made in Henderson County Apprenticeship is Henderson County’s premier opportunity for high school graduates to get a jump start on a professional career with local employers. Over the course of four semesters, students can maximize earning potential and gain valuable skills and experience through on-the-job training. At the end of the program students will have earned a certificate in Mechatronics Engineering Technology as an Industrial Manufacturing Production Technician from Blue Ridge Community College at no cost to the student.

Why Manufacturing?

  • High wage job opportunities: Manufacturing employers pay well above other industries in Henderson County.
Annual Average Wage
All Industries$40,875
Manufacturing$54,609
Healthcare$50,120
Construction$44,849
Agriculture$30,831
Retail Trade$32,368
Food Service$19,475
  • College tuition reimbursement: Want more education opportunities after you finish the program? Many manufacturing 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 is only the beginning. An apprentice has the opportunity to begin a professional career in a variety of advanced manufacturing fields including, but not limited to:
  • Engineering
  • Operations & Management
  • Automation & Process Improvement
  • Machining
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Robotics
  • Quality Control
  • Tool and Die
  • Welding
  • Logistics & Material Handling
  • Sales & Business Development
  • Finance

How the Program Works

Henderson County’s Apprenticeship program is simple. You spend one day a week in class at Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) and the rest of the week getting real world, hands-on experience working at one of the host facilities. After three semesters, you walk away from the program with a Mechatronics Engineering Certificate and a job offer.

Sample Program Schedule
First Summer: Pre-Apprenticeship Program: Assessment and Hiring Process
Fall Semester #1: Monday – classes at BRCC, Tues-Fri – working in facility
Spring Semester #1: Monday – classes at BRCC, Tues-Fri – working in facility
Second Summer: No Classes
Fall Semester #2: 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 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
(minimum)

Application Process & Important Dates

The application cycle for the Henderson County Apprenticeship Program will open Spring 2021.

Application requirements:

  • High School Graduate (by end of school year 2021) or GED recipient
  • 2.5 Grade Point Average
  • Good attendance in school

Information Session Schedules

For current high school students:

Innovative High SchoolFebruary 11, 2021 @ 9am
West Henderson High School: Link
February 24, 2021 @ 1pm
East Henderson High SchoolFebruary 25, 2021 @ 12:30pm AND February 26, 2021 @ 12:30pm
Hendersonville High SchoolFebruary 17, 2021 @ 12:15pm
North Hendersonville High School
March 4, 2021 @ 1:00pm AND 6:00pm
Open to All Students + Family: LinkFebruary 24, 2021 @ 5:30pm

For students and others interested:

Blue Ridge Community College Campus Wide Open HouseMarch 2, 2021 @ 5-7pm
Apprenticeship 2021 Virtual Open House: Link
March 23, 2021 @ 6pm

Industry Tour Dates

Elkamet
TBD
MeritorTBD
NorafinTBD
GF Linamar
TBD
WestrockTBD

MAKE-UP DAY
TBD

*If you are unable to make one of the above dates, and your are still interested in touring, please reach out to Burton Hodges at [email protected]