Apprenticeship Opportunities at HCC
Howard Community College (HCC) is a place where life goals can be achieved through education. We understand how important it is for students to leave our classrooms, get out into the field, and pursue real world learning experiences. That is where our apprenticeship programs shine. Through them, you gain knowledge, an opportunity to “earn while you learn,” and meaningful professional connections, all at the same time.
FAQ for Prospective Students
Wondering if one of HCC’s apprenticeship programs is a good fit for you? We’ve developed a list of questions we are frequently asked, along with the answers you need to know, to help you make an educated and informed decision.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship merges a formal learning experience with a practical, hands-on, paid work experience, giving a student a diverse, well-rounded educational opportunity. It allows a student to “earn while they learn,” with time allocated each week for both course work and field work. Apprentices are typically hired for entry-level positions, with options for professional growth within the company over time.
What are the benefits of pursuing an apprenticeship program as a college student?
Once selected for employment by an HCC apprenticeship partner, students are able to offset many of the costs associated with pursing a college education. Employers typically cover tuition and fees, in addition to hiring students as full-time employees within their companies. In addition to these financial benefits, apprentices build meaningful skills and connections that position them to get a jumpstart in an industry and secure long-term employment.
What will I actually experience as an HCC apprentice?
HCC apprentices get to experience the best of both worlds – a comprehensive, in-depth range of academic courses that provide strategic and theoretical knowledge about the industries they are most interested in, and practical, hands-on job training in a dynamic and thriving real-world work environment. Additionally, apprentices receive tremendous guidance and support from faculty, advisors, and on-the-job peers and supervisors.
Where will I be working to complete the on-the-job training requirements of apprenticeship?
HCC partners with well-respected companies that are in growth mode and have the potential to offer a positive and productive entry-level work experience for students. After applying for an HCC apprenticeship program, we will connect you with prospective employers. You will complete a program screening and employer selection process with HCC and our business partners and ideally be placed in a position that aligns with your interests, career goals, and apprenticeship program concentration.
How will an apprenticeship program impact my ability to find a job once I graduate?
In many cases, companies hire an apprentice with hopes that the student will have a positive work experience, grow within their company, and stay long-term. That said, apprenticeships offer students a solid “foot in the door” and provide them with skill sets and work experience that extend far beyond their college experience.
What steps do I need to take to seek admission to an HCC apprenticeship program?
Each apprenticeship program has its own requirements and deadlines for application. We encourage students who are preparing for entry into college to explore all of the options we have available and consider applying for the program that is best aligned with their interests, passions, and career visions and goals. High school students are encouraged to consult with parents, teachers, and guidance counselors. Students already enrolled at HCC are encouraged to seek guidance from their faculty advisors and experts in the college’s Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.
Benefits for Businesses
There are an infinite number of ways your business can benefit from participating in HCC’s apprenticeship program. Our team connects employers with qualified job-seeking students. Once hired, students gain practical, hands-on experience through their training, and employers gain a dedicated employee. HCC’s apprenticeship programs are facilitated in partnership with industry-leading businesses and are registered with the State of Maryland. Visit our Businesses page for apprenticeship employer benefit and information.