Webinar on Registered Apprenticeship Pathways Now Online
SMART Center PI Barbara Murray recently participated in a webinar entitled “No longer just a Dream”: Achieving Educational Credentials, Degrees and High-paying Careers through Registered Apprenticeships" which is now available online. Murray was joined by fellow leaders in national apprenticeship initiatives:
Amy Firestone - Office of Apprenticeship, Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL ETA)
Jennifer Seger - Associate Dean, Macomb Community College
Mindy McCannon - Vice President of Academic Affairs, Georgia Northwestern Technical College
The webinar provided an overview of Registered Apprenticeship as well as new programs by the DOL ETA for community colleges under the Apprenticeship USA initiative and examples of successful community college partnerships with local employers to provide Registered Apprenticeship programs for students, helping them get on a pathway to academic and career success.
Through its ApprenticeshipUSA initiative the U.S. DOL is now allowing community colleges to become sponsors of Registered Apprenticeship programs; this enables employers - particularly those with a smaller workforce - to more rapidly start their own program with their community college partners' help in collecting and reporting data and meeting the sponsorship requirements of a Registered Apprenticeship program.
The Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium (RACC) is a network of college and registered apprenticeship programs collaborating to provide more students with college-to-career opportunities. The SMART Center was one of the first members of the RACC and has worked closely with DOL leadership to expand knowledge and practical application of its Maritime Technologies Registered Apprenticeship-based pathway nationwide.
Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a comprehensive non-governmental reform movement for student success. Together with its network of higher ed institutions, coaches and advisors, state policy teams, investors and partners, the organization is helping more than 4 million community college students have a better economic opportunity and achieve their dreams.