Trenholm State Creates New Apprenticeship Consortium
(Montgomery, AL)—Trenholm State Community College held a press conference Friday, April 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at 3920 Troy Highway, Building D-Auditorium to announce its new Registered Apprenticeship Automotive Technician Consortium (RAATC) with Stivers Ford Lincoln, Don Duncan All American Auto & Tire Centers, A-Z Auto Repair, and Larry Puckett Chevrolet. The new collaboration is designed to provide employers with workers who meet their specific workforce needs while building a sustainable workforce pipeline for the Automotive Care Industry.
Participating employers will sponsor students as apprentices, provide supervised on-the-job training, provide a progressive wage scale and help pay college tuition. “The apprenticeship is a formal long-term training opportunity for students. Companies are eager to invest in highly-skilled employees,” says Trenholm State President, Sam Munnerlyn. “Furthermore, this provides students a debt-free path to starting their career.”
Students selected to participate will attend Trenholm State full time, while working part-time at one of the participating businesses for the first two years and years three and four will be spent at the employer working full –time. Starting wages will range from $9.00-$12.00 per hour and will increase as skills are mastered topping out at $15.00-$21.00 per hour based on experience and employer. Upon completion, the apprentice will earn an associate’s degree in Automotive Service Technology.
With technical support from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship and the Alabama Department of Commerce’s Apprenticeship Alabama, Trenholm State was able to create the consortium. Students will be able to apply for the apprenticeship program beginning in June 2018.