Ohio : A new program will allow select community colleges to become registered apprenticeship sponsors and will give participating students the chance for tuition reimbursement.
The Ohio College Apprenticeship Consortium is made up of ApprenticeOhio, the entity overseeing the state’s registered apprenticeship program, and 10 community colleges. Locally, that includes Cuyahoga Community College, Lorain County Community College and Stark State College, a news release stated.
Participating students who finish pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs — in fields like advanced manufacturing, construction and health care that are identified as needs by local employers — will receive tuition reimbursement, according to the release.
The consortium is being funded by a $1.145 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, received in December 2016, said Bret Crow, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, in an email.
The community colleges will offer classroom instruction, as well as services like marketing and outreach, while employers will provide employment, on-the-job training and wages to participants. Crow said this program allows the community colleges to become registered apprenticeship sponsors instead of just offering the classroom portion of an apprenticeship program for employer sponsors.
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