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HIGHLAND Apprenticeship Program

Becoming a HIGHLAND apprentice is a great way to earn some money, while you are taking free, accredited, Industrial Maintenance related, courses. As an apprentice, you will combine class time at Northeastern Technical College with on-the-job training that exposes you to real-life work experiences.

What is the HIGHLAND Apprenticeship Program?
NETC students who enter the HIGHLAND Apprenticeship Program are hired as regular, full-time employees by HIGHLAND. At the beginning of the month, after 30 days of employment, you would enjoy the same excellent benefits offered to other HIGHLAND employees; including wages, paid vacation time off, and health care coverage. Apprentices are enrolled as full-time students at NETC where they work to complete a pre-selected set of courses with all college expenses being paid by HIGHLAND (books, tuition and supplies).

How long is the program?
The program is 1 year in length (420 hours). Apprentices sign a formal Apprenticeship Agreement with HIGHLAND wherein they agree to stay with the company for a minimum of 2 years after completion of the program. This adds up to a total commitment of 3 years.

What classes do apprentices take?
The education portion of the program follows NETC's requirements for the Industrial Maintenance program (with some additional courses selected by HIGHLAND). Students attend classes at the college approx. 20 hours per week. Apprentices are required to maintain an overall "C" or better average in their course work.

What is the on-the-job training?
The on-the-job-training segment of the program includes in-depth exposure to practically every facet of HIGHLAND's manufacturing operations, along with practical training in the skills required for a Technical position in the Industrial Maintenance area.

What degree and credentials do apprentices earn?
Upon completion of the program, students will have acquired 34 credit hours of college courses and a Journeyman's License from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Program Overview
1st Year • ½ day academic and shop theory studies at NETC Cheraw • ½ day (4-hours) while in school and full day (8 hours) when not in class in the HIGHLAND facility, shadowing an experienced technician

Upon completion of the required courses, you will work full time in the HIGHLAND facility.

How do you enter the program?

HIGHLAND will announce the program and conduct their screening in June of each year. Once announced, applicants are asked to apply online or in person at SC Works, 460 Highway 9 West, Bennettsville, SC

The HIGHLAND Apprenticeship Program is registered as part of the National Apprenticeship Program by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.

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