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$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

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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 & Important Dates

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

Information Session Schedules

For current high school students:

Innovative High SchoolFebruary 6, 2020
West Henderson High School
February 6 & 12, 2020
East Henderson High SchoolFebruary 13, 2020
Hendersonville High SchoolFebruary 4 & 6, 2020
North Hendersonville High SchoolFebruary 11, 2020

For parents/family of high school students:

Blue Ridge Community College –
Spearman Building (Mechatronics Lab)
February 20, 2020 @ 5:30pm

For adults/general public:

Blue Ridge Community College –
Spearman Building (Mechatronics Lab)
February 22, 2020 @10:30am

Industry Tour Dates

All tours will begin at 5:30pm on the scheduled date

Monday, March 2, 2020
MeritorThursday, March 5, 2020
RaumedicMonday, March 9, 2020
Byers Precision Fabricators Thursday, March 12, 2020
GF Linamar
Monday, March 16, 2020
cancelled, make-up date TBD
WestrockThursday, March 19, 2020
cancelled, make-up date TBD
Mountain Showcase Group
Monday, March 23, 2020
cancelled, make-up date TBD
Thursday, March 26, 2020
cancelled, make-up date 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]

UPDATE Timeline (in response to COVID restrictions)

Blue Ridge Community College Open House for High School Students & Parents
March 3, 2020 @ 5:30pm
Apprenticeship Application Period
until 5:00pm April 24, 2020 (extended from April 9)
Pre-Hire Video Bios Due
May 13, 2020
Bio Video Review (employers review applicants and applicants review employer videos)
May 18-29, 2020
Intro to Pre-Apprenticeship Program
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 @ 6:00pm
Deadline for Application to BRCCTBD
BRCC Pre-Apprenticeship Summer Session
June-August, 2020
First Semester Begins/First Day of Class August 19, 2020