In 2019, the Apprenticeship and Journeyman Training Program, which is part of the Division of Extended Learning and Workforce at SCC, was awarded three-year’s of funding in the amount of $150,000 to support 150 new apprentices in Eastern Washington. SCC is one of 106 communities that received funding as part of the American Association of Community Colleges’ Expanding Community College Apprenticeship initiative, which is a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor.
Community Colleges of Spokane is the only public community college system in our region that delivers comprehensive adult education courses, job skills training, transfer, career technical education, and enrichment programs to prepare the population for stable and gainful employment.
With its partner Eastern Washington Apprenticeship Coordinators Committee (EWACC), SCC has developed apprenticeship programs to create a vital pathway that helps people obtain the skills required for successful careers in high demand sectors. SCC is recognized state-wide for its work with registered apprenticeship programs and is home to the Apprenticeship and Journeyman Training Center.
The SCC Apprenticeship Program has expanded with the development of highly successful pre-apprenticeship programs which support industry needs: Skilled Trades Preparation (STP). STP was created at the request of EWACC and is important in providing realistic, introductory learning experiences for potential apprentices, while at the same time creating a pipeline for future apprentice workers.