A partnership of advanced manufacturing companies in the Catawba Valley area committed to the purpose, value, ethics, and integrity of a formalized apprenticeship program.
Provide the skills necessary for companies.
Students wishing to participate with Apprenticeship Catawba must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, have excellent math and technical skills, and a good attendance record.
Held in January/February, check us out at our open house. Parents will be invited to attend!
Invest 4 days of your time in March/April in the afternoons after school to attend orientation. You will have a chance to check out the different companies and work on a take home project.
Try out an Pre-Apprenticeship in June and July and check the place out! Spend 6 weeks with a company and earn money and college credits. This is a “trial run” period for you and for the company to determine if there is successful fit. Employers will select students who are successful in the Pre-Apprenticeship to be eligible for the Apprenticeship program.
As a senior in high school, you will attend school for ½ of your day; and work ½ of your day. A high school graduate will attend classes at CVCC 1 day per week; and will work 4 days per week. You will be considered a full-time employee.
|Phase of Program||Wage||Bonus|
|Start of Apprenticeship||$9.00||plus performance Bonus|
|Second year Apprenticeship||$10.00||plus performance Bonus|
|Third year Apprenticeship||$11.50||plus performance Bonus|
|Fourth year Apprenticeship||$13.90||plus performance Bonus|
Note: Performance bonus is given 2 times per year in conjunction with an evaluation based on academics and job performance.
During the Pre-Apprenticeship and while still in high school, you will be considered a part-time employee. Once you have graduated from high school, you will be considered a full-time employee and eligible for associated benefit programs (after eligibility waiting period has been satisfied).
Expected base salary after successful completion of apprenticeship program is $34,000.
|Type of Wage||Wage per Hour||Wage per Year|
|National Minimum Wage for US||$7.25||$15,080|
|National Minimum Wage for NC||$7.25||$15,080|
|NC School Teacher with Bachelors Degree||$35,000|
|Job Title||Wage per year|
|Industrial Maintenance Mechanic||$43,000|
|Experienced Tool & Die Maker||$46,000|
There is a world of opportunity for the Apprentice Graduate!
|Job Title||Wage per year|
If you are interested in Apprenticeship Catawba, Speak with your guidance counselor about your interest in the program. Eligible students (and your parents) will be invited to an Open House at the company.
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4294