Once students have completed the two-year apprenticeship program and have graduated from high school, they will have earned:
The Caterpillar Apprenticeship Training in Welding Program allows high school juniors and seniors to work and study at the same time. Students complete their final two years of high school while working and training inside Caterpillar's Sanford Fabrication facility and at The Innovation Center of Lee County. Welding-related college courses are provided by Central Carolina Community College. Students also work 30 or more hours per week in the summer between their junior and senior years.
- Welding Certificate from Central Carolina Community College
- North Carolina Department of Labor High School Apprenticeship Certificate
- Apprenticeship hours to transfer to an adult program
- Career Readiness Certificate
- Proprietary Caterpillar training
- Preferred employment opportunity at Caterpillar (pending meeting full-time employment requirements)
2019-2020 CAT Youth Apprenticeship Information
CATERPILLAR Information Session and Plant TourThursday, Oct. 17, 2019Students who are interested in learning more about the CAT Youth Apprenticeship needs to sign up for this field trip.Sign up sheet is located in Career Center room 703 until Oct. 4, 2019
CATERPILLAR Application Window OpenDecember 1, 2019 till Jan. 31, 2020
CATERPILLAR Information SessionWednesday, December 4, 2019Students who are interested in the CAT Youth Apprenticeship will have another opportunity to speak with CAT/CCCC representatives during lunches.
Parent Night at CATERPILLARTuesday, January 28, 20206:00 pm @ 5000 Womack Road, Sanford NC 27330Opportunity for the parents to receive more information from CAT/ CCCC representatives about the CAT Youth Apprenticeship Program and take a tour of the plant.
CAT Youth Apprenticeship Interviews
March 12, 2020
Southern Lee High School
Career Center rm 703
Apprenticeship Acceptance Letters
March 20, 2020
CAT Signing Ceremony
May 12, 2020 @ 11:30am
Southern Lee High School Media Center
2019-2020 CAT Youth Apprentices
2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20 CAT Apprentices