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The Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship program allows eligible high school graduates and adult learners to earn while you learn in the classroom and on the job. The program is a collaborative effort of Blue Ridge Community CollegeHenderson County Public Schools, Transylvania County SchoolsHomeschool Association, and WNCSource working together to support the workforce of today and tomorrow.

The Early Childhood Apprenticeship program is a registered North Carolina Apprenticeship with the N.C. Department of Labor.

Application Deadline:

Applications for the Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship are closed. Please join our email list for more information and updates for the 2025 cohort.

Program Description:

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Length of Program: One year with options. 2,000 hours at work.
Eligibility: Recent high school graduates and adult learners.
Tuition: Free. Plus, you’ll get PAID to attend class.
Starting Pay: $13.00 minimum. Periodic increases throughout the program. Six College Classes. Earn an Early Childhood Preschool or Infant/Toddler Certificate.
Schedule: Class one day a week. Work the remainder of the week at one of our partner companies.
Stackable: Want to keep learning after your Apprenticeship? These classes can count toward an associate degree at Blue Ridge.

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