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Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers develop and prepare their workforce and individuals get paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a journey worker certificate. The PACE Program unites area industry with WPCC to offer training and career opportunities for workers.

Modern Skills for
Modern Jobs

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PACE Signing Ceremony

Burke County industries Airlite Nonwovens, Leviton, and Meridian Specialty Yarn have joined WPCC in partnership through the PACE Program. The partners are working together to provide workers with apprenticeship opportunities, leading to career advancement.

Valdese Weavers is the newest PACE Partner, joining the program Summer 2022. 

Industrial Maintenance &
Electronic Industrial Controls 

  • 6,000 hours of on-the-job training using a competency checklist.  
  • 13 relevant courses provided by WPCC.

Both programs will result in a journey worker certificate from the State of NC and the Federal Department of Labor.  


There are 5 components of a
Registered Apprenticeship

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Business Involvement

Employers are the foundation of every Registered Apprenticeship Program.  

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Structured On-The-Job Training

Apprentices receive on-the-job training from an experienced mentor for typically not less than one year. 

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Related Instruction

Apprenticeships combine on-the-job learning with technical education at community colleges, technical schools, apprenticeship training schools, provided online or at the job site. 

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Rewards for Skill Gains

Apprentices receive increases in wages as they gain higher level skills. 

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National Occupational Credential

Registered Apprenticeship programs result in a nationally-recognized credential – a 100% guarantee to employers that apprentices are fully qualified for the job.



  • Complete all registration & paperwork
  • Assist with screening of apprentice applicants
  • Provide instruction in each of the two apprenticeship tracks
  • Actively search for scholarship money to assist apprentices with expenses
  • Provide a software solution to assist companies in managing their apprentices.  

Industries Will

  • Provide on-the-job instruction to each apprentice through an assigned mentor  
  • Insure that apprentices are learning according to the program competency checklist
  • Pay apprentices while they are in class  
  • Monitor apprentice progress and move them up on the wage scale as they gain skills.


  • You work and GET PAID while you are in the program
  • Get specialized training to enhance your job skills
  • Earn an educational credential to demonstrate your training


  • An 8-week program open to high school juniors and seniors
  • Attend special classes and get paid for participating
  • Prepare to enter the PACE apprenticeship program

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