Youth Programs

Building a pipeline of talent

Getting youth exposed to the exciting career options in advanced manufacturing builds our workforce of tomorrow. Our regional innovations include career and technical education, on-the-job opportunities, apprentices and hands-on experience.

Public Schools of North Carolina
State Board of Education
Department of Public Information

Career and Technical Education

The mission of NC secondary Career and Technical Education is to empower all students to be successful citizens, workers and leaders in a global economy.

Curriculum - Trade & Industrial Education

Trade and Industrial Education is a secondary program to prepare students for careers in six of the ten North Carolina Career Pathways. While completing course sequences in these pathways, students participate in instructional units that educate them in standardized industry processes related to: concepts, layout, design, materials, production, assembly, quality control, maintenance, troubleshooting, construction, repair and service of industrial, commercial and residential goods and products.

As a component of career-technical education, Trade and Industrial Education provides students the opportunity to advance in a wide range of trade and industrial occupations. They are prepared for initial employment, further education at the community college or university level, and/or business ownership. The career pathways in which Trade and Industrial Education are commercial and artistic production, construction, engineering, industrial, public service and transport systems technologies. A balanced program of classroom study and practical work experiences produces competent workers who can manage resources, work cooperatively, organize and use information, understand complex systems, and apply appropriate technology. Cooperative education, internship, and apprenticeship experiences are available through the Trade and Industrial Education program.>

Opportunities to develop and apply interpersonal leadership, social, civic, and business-related skills are provided through SkillsUSA, the career-technical student organization for Trade and Industrial Education students.

As an integral part of the Trade and Industrial Education program, SkillsUSA activities enhance classroom instruction through leadership and teamwork activities. These activities directly relate to the major objectives of Trade and Industrial Education.

Participating Schools:

Alexander County Schools
Director: Sharon Wilson
Address: 700 Liledoun Road
  Taylorsville, NC 28681
Phone: 704-632-7001
Cabarrus County Schools
Director: Lisa Conger
Address: 4401 Old Airport Road
  Concord, NC 2802
Phone: 704-786-6191
Cleveland County Schools
Director: Tony Fogleman
Address: 137 S. Post Road
  Shelby, NC 28150
Phone: 704-476-8035
Iredell-Statesville Schools
Director: Judy Honeycutt
Address: 410 Garfield Street
  Statesville, NC 28677
Phone: 704-871-9973
Rowan-Sailsbury School System
Director: Kathy McDuffie
Address: 110 South Long Street
  East Spencer, NC 28039
Phone: 704-630-6042
Union County Public Schools
Director: Lorraine Collins
Address: 400 North Church Street
  Monroe, NC 28112
Phone: 704-292-2505
Anson County Schools
Director: Dawn Garris
Address: 320 Camden Road
  Wadesboro, NC 28170
Phone: 704-694-4417
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Director: Jimmy Chancey
Address: 700 E. Stonewall Street, Suite 400
  Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: 980-343-5686
Gaston County Schools
Director: Karen Gilbert
Address: 366 West Garrision Blvd.
  Gastonia, NC 28052
Phone: 704-861-2496
Lincoln County Schools
Director: Sheryl Nixon
Address: P.O. Box 400
  Lincolnton, NC 28092
Phone: 704-732-2261
Stanly County Schools
Director: Shannon Batchelor
Address: 1000 North First St., Suite 4
  Albemarle, NC 28001
Phone: 704-983-5151

North Carolina Department of Labor
Apprenticeship & Training Bureau

The Apprenticeship and Training Bureau administers an apprenticeship program that helps workers learn new specialized skills needed in today's workforce. The apprenticeship program combines on-the-job training with invaluable classroom instruction. The bureau helps community colleges, technical institutions, universities and individual employers come together to provide exceptional training that gives apprentices a competitive edge in the current global economy.

The program, created in 1937, establishes by private employers or under the sponsorship of joint labor-management committees. Skilled consultants provide technical assistance, monitoring and consulting services to qualified employers willing to take on the responsibilities and obligations of program sponsorship.

Apprenticeship Information for Students

If you are a student looking for an alternative to a four-year college degree, consider apprenticeship training.

Apprenticeship programs offer the best of both worlds - paid work experience and related educational instruction. An apprenticeship will prepare you to become skilled in all the areas of an occupation, acquiring the necessary knowledge and abilities to perform the job.

Students can prepare to qualify for an apprenticeship program by working with teachers or counselors to select preparatory courses for an apprenticeship. With school guidance, you can plan coursework to obtain basic skills such as mathematics, reading comprehension and science. These courses are necessary for you to be successful in an apprenticeable occupation. In most other cases, a great deal of financial resources and energy are required to prepare for your career, but in a registered apprenticeship program, you are paid a progressively increasing wage while you learn the occupation.

If you are considering an apprenticeship:

  • Remember that an apprenticeship can be as important to your career as a four-year college degree.
  • Study many occupations before choosing your profession.
  • Plan your coursework to support your professional interests. Talk to school or vocational counselors about your interests and abilities. Talk to parents/guardians, relatives, friends, counselors, teachers or people you know who work in the occupation, about apprenticeship opportunities.
  • Search for part-time or summer employment to test your occupational interests.

Regional Representatives:

Barney Stegall
Phone: 704-549-1400
Mobile: 704-607-0687
Serving: Cleveland, Gaston, Henderson, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Polk, Rutherford, Union

Sarah J. Jones
Phone: 704-639-7703
Mobile: 919-608-9435
Serving: Anson, Cabarrus, Davidson, Iredell, Rowan, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Randolph, Stanly, Richmond

Carolinas AGC Home of IBuild

Craftworker Training & Certification

Carolinas AGC offers an extensive Apprenticeship Program, registered through the Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship & Training or the North Carolina Department of Labor.

Youth Apprenticeship Program

This program especially for 16 and 17-year-old high school juniors and seniors is an industry-driven education and career training program that is based on recognized industry standards. It provides each student an opportunity to gain valuable hands-on technical training, and prepares high school students to be high performance workers and at the same time continue their education in a community college/adult apprenticeship, college, or university program. The program provides competitive pay scales with advancement opportunity while the student learns. A partnership among business/industry, education, government, parents, and youth apprentices is a means by which employers address current and projected employment needs through work-based and school-based learning.

How it works - Apprentices work on a part-time basis during the school year and full-time in the summer. After graduating from high school, the youth apprentice moves into an adult apprentice program and continues his/her education. The employer may offer permanent employment and the apprentice has the option of entering the workforce and/or continuing his/her education.

Staff/Regional Training Consultants:

Bill Stricker
VP Workforce Development
704-372-1450 ext. 5213

Carolyn Milliron
Director, Project SuperVISION® & Management Programs
704-372-1450 ext. 5255