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 three 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$38,990
Retail Trade$28,730
Food Service$16,498
  • 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

Application Process

The application cycle for the Henderson County Apprenticeship Program 2020 is open.

Application requirements:

  • High School Graduate (by end of school year 2020) or GED recipient
  • 2.5 Grade Point Average
  • Good attendance in school
  • Attend information session/open house with parent or guardian

Information Session Schedule:

Innovative High SchoolJanuary – TBD
West Henderson High School
January – TBD
East Henderson High SchoolJanuary – TBD
Hendersonville High SchoolJanuary – TBD
North Hendersonville High SchoolJanuary – TBD


Blue Ridge Community College Kickoff Event
Mechatronics Lab, Spearman Building
Open House & Tour at Meritor TBD
Open House & Tour at GF Linamar
Open House & Tour at Elkamet TBD
Open House & Tour at Westrock
Apprenticeship Application Period until April 1, 2020
Orientation: Industry Partner Interviews, Pre-Hire Exercises, Student Ranking  (Required)
April TBD
Signing & Selection DayMay TBD
Deadline for Application to BRCCMay 9, 2020
BRCC Summer Session (Pre-Apprenticeship)May 13 – 18, 2020
Potential Summer Job Opportunities August 19, 2020
First Semester Begins/First Day of Class August 19, 2020