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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 Public 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:

Use the form below to apply for the Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship:

Program Description:

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Length of Program: One year with options. Summer ’23 – Spring ’24. 2,000 hours at work.
Eligibility: January and June 2023 High School Graduates and Adult Learners.
Tuition: Free. Plus, you’ll get PAID to attend class.
Starting Pay: $14.40. Periodic increases. Pay after completion: $16.00 minimum. View timeline and progressive wage scale.
Schedule: Class one day a week. Work remainder of the week at WNCSource.
Stackable: Want to keep learning after your Apprenticeship? These classes can count toward an associate degree at Blue Ridge.

Application and Hiring Process

For adult learners and those graduating in January 2023:

  • Applications sent weekly during enrollment to WNCSource.
  • If selected, a contingent offer of employment will be extended with specific details to follow.
  • If hired, you will begin employment.
  • Class will begin July 2023.

For those graduating in June 2023:

  • Pre-Apprenticeship will be June 12 – 21.
  • Draft Day, June 26, is the selection process that includes interviews with WNCSource and group exercises.
  • If selected, a contingent offer of employment will be extended with specific details to follow.
  • If hired, you may begin employment.
  • Class will begin July 2023.
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Contact Us

Kelli Stewart
Apprenticeship Coordinator
(828) 694-1766

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