NIC apprenticeship programs experience record enrollment

North Idaho College’s three apprenticeship programs offered through the Workforce Training Center in Post Falls posted record enrollment for fall 2006-2007.
NIC’s apprenticeship programs include 144 hours of related instruction and 2,000 hours of on-the-job training for apprentice electricians, plumbers and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technicians and sheet metal workers.
Enrollments in the electrician program grew from 197 in 2005-2006 to 239 this year. Plumbers increased from 95 enrollments to 107 and the HVAC and sheet metal apprentice enrollments grew from 25 to 41.
Total growth from 2005-2006 to this year was 20 percent and enrollments are still being accepted through the start of classes Sept. 5.
“Reports of continued strong commercial construction explain the increase in enrollment,” said NIC Vice President of Instruction and Workforce Training Center Director Robert Ketchum. “Apprenticeship is an effective ‘learn while you earn’ system for workforce development that can quickly expand to meet employer demand.”
NIC’s apprenticeship programs are mandated through the Idaho Division of Building Safety and curriculum was developed by the state Division of Professional-Technical Education. The apprenticeships, which provide the training and instruction necessary to test for a journeyman’s license in each specific trade, are approved by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.
NIC offers 160 hours of related instruction each year for each of the three apprenticeship programs. Apprentices are typically full-time employees in their trade so apprenticeship classes are offered four hours one night per week or all day every other Saturday for nine months.
NIC’s Workforce Training Center also experienced record enrollment for fiscal year 2006, posting a 5.9 percent increase from a duplicated enrollment of 12,795 in 2005 to 13,550 this year.
Information: (208) 769-3444.

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NIC Vice President for Instruction and Workforce Training Center, (208) 769-3221

Posted: Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006

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