Apprenticeship Burke

Earn While You Learn!

A WPCC Instructor discusses a milling machine with studentsApprenticeship Burke is a work-based learning program that has been developed by local manufacturers to provide an opportunity for individuals who wish to pursue a career in advanced manufacturing while obtaining a college degree and a nationally recognized industry credential. Additional partners include WPCC, Burke County Public Schools, the NC Works Career Center and the Burke Manufacturers Executive Council.

Apprentices receive job-specific training and tuition-free education while employed by local manufacturers who sponsor the apprentice. Each apprenticeship is unique, and takes from three to five years to complete. Current apprenticeships include Industrial Systems Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Mechatronics Engineering Technology.

All Apprenticeships are registered with the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Upon successful completion of a registered apprenticeship, the individual will receive an A.A.S. degree ( or related academic credential ) in a technical field, the National Career Readiness Certificate and a Journeyman’s credential from the NC Department of Commerce ( which is recognized by the US Department of Labor ).

Local companies currently participating in Apprenticeship Burke or related apprenticeships include Continental Automotive, Molded Fiberglass, and Valdese Weavers.

To learn more about Apprenticeship Burke, whether as a student or employer sponsor, please contact us at (828) 448-6707.