Caption: Apprenticeship Blue Ridge Made in Henderson County (Manufacturing); apprentice works with advanced manufacturing equipment

Students can gain experience and jobs with apprenticeship program in manufacturing

The Made in Henderson County (Manufacturing) 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 Made in Henderson County partnershipHenderson County Public SchoolsTransylvania County Public SchoolsHomeschool AssociationBlue Ridge Community College, the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development and local industries working together to support the workforce of today and tomorrow.

The Made in Henderson County (Manufacturing) 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 Made in Henderson County (Manufacturing) Apprenticeship:


Are you interested in learning more about the Apprenticeship Program with Blue Ridge Community College?

Program Description:

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Length of Program:
 Two Years. Three Semesters (Fall ’23- Fall ’24) and 3,000 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: $16.00. Periodic increases. Pay after completion: $19.00 minimum.
6 College Classes: 13 Credits total. Earn a Certificate in Mechatronics Engineering Technology!
Schedule: Class one day a week. Work four days a week at one of the partner companies.
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:

  • Draft Day, in February 2023, is the selection process that includes interviews with each company and group exercises.
  • If selected, a contingent offer of employment will be extended with specific details to follow.
  • If hired, you will begin employment.
  • Class will begin August 2023.

For those graduating in June 2023:

  • Pre-Apprenticeship will be in June.
  • Draft Day, is the selection process that includes interviews with each company 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 August 2023.

Partner Companies

Logo: elkamet
Logo: GF Linamar
LOGO: Jabil
Logo: Meritor
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Norafin logo
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Logo: WestRock

Made in Henderson County is a coordinated effort established to enhance the connection between manufacturing businesses and the school system while telling the story of manufacturing, the products made here and the people who make them. Since 2012, HCPS and the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development have brought career-building and workforce development training to local middle and high schoolers through Made in Henderson County industry tours that showcase manufacturing opportunities.

Contact Us

Kelli Stewart
Apprenticeship Coordinator
(828) 694-1766
k_stewart1093@blueridge.edu

Blue Ridge offers eight tracks for Apprenticeship!

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