Information for Guidance Counselors
The term higher education has many connotations. Where some believe it means attending a two- or four-year college or university, there is another side to higher education – the skilled labor trades.
Apprentices at more than 150 unionized sheet metal training centers across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico can:
- Go to classes, attend labs and earn grades
- Receive on-the-job training in four- or five-year programs
- Pay little or no tuition costs or fees
- Receive books and other educational material free of charge
- Get paid while they work to become journeymen
- Graduate without student loan debt
Our curricula is evaluated and accredited by the American Council on Education (ACE). Apprentices who complete the program are eligible and can apply for up to 60 college credits through ACE. Several JATCs have articulation agreements with local two- or four-year colleges and universities, at which apprentices receive associate’s or bachelor’s degrees upon completion of their apprenticeship.
Some traits that ideal apprentice candidates possess include:
- Working well in teams
- Solid math and reasoning skills
- Problem solving
- Enjoy working with their hands
- Reliable and responsible
Our apprentice program is a great alternative for those who seek higher education but may not fit the typical college student profile. The sheet metal industry is another rewarding career path for them to explore.
If you have students you think might be interested in our training and education programs, contact us for more information.