Central Piedmont announces ‘Apprenticeship Charlotte’

Central Piedmont Community College recently announced the launch of Apprenticeship Charlotte, a new career-training program CPCC will customize to meet the needs of individual companies.

CPCC created the new program by drawing on experience with the Apprenticeship 2000 program, focused on high school students and serving about a dozen European manufacturers in the Charlotte area. Through Apprenticeship Charlotte, CPCC will offer several apprenticeship models, including an associate degree, diploma and certification options with multiple entry points from high school through more experienced workers.

The goal of the program is to make apprenticeships more flexible to meet needs of employers and provide shorter experiences to address critical workforce needs.

Local and national workforce development trends helped solidify CPCC’s decision to develop Apprenticeship Charlotte, including the skills gap and shortage of trained workers for high-tech manufacturing jobs and in other technical fields as well as companies’ desire for candidates with experience.

“CPCC, through Apprenticeship Charlotte, will work with individual companies to create an apprenticeship model that meets their needs,” Richard Zollinger, CPCC vice president for learning, said in a news release. “The key to Apprenticeship Charlotte is that CPCC wants to work with all kinds of employers to develop workplace learning solutions that meet their needs – everything from identifying candidate pools, to screening candidates, to developing specific courses and learning modules.”

For more information, visit www.cpcc.edu/apprenticeships or call 704-330-4660 or email workplace.learning@cpcc.edu.

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