A cooperative venture the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation praised as "a partnership worth repeating," the Caterpillar Apprenticeship Program is an innovative initiative that has already become a national model.
Cooperation for Success
Through a unique arrangement, the state-approved 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.
What You Can Earn
Once you complete the two-year apprenticeship program and graduate from high school, here's what you will have earned:
- 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)