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Apprenticeships Overview

An Opportunity to Earn While You Learn

Frequently used in trade occupations, apprenticeships combine an education with paid, on-the-job training. You receive valuable, real-world experiences while earning a certificate in your chosen field. In many cases, employers support the costs associated with the education. 
Ultimately, apprenticeships chart a course to secure, high-salary employment. Apprenticeships open the door to: 

  • Lower debt
  • Expanded skill sets
  • The pursuit of a college degree

How Apprenticeship Works for Employers

Registered apprenticeships have been utilized to meet workforce needs nationwide for decades. These programs offer employers the opportunity to build and enrich a company’s high-quality talent pipeline while bolstering its bottom line. 

The goal of our apprenticeship programs is to provide employees with advanced skill sets to meet your specific needs. You can sponsor an existing employee or hire a candidate based on your hiring criteria.

Employer Benefits & Information 

How Apprenticeship Works for Students


As an apprentice, you must be highly committed and able to work full time under the direction of a seasoned professional while completing rigorous study in the pursuit of certification in your chosen field. 

Howard Community College is proud to offer two unique apprenticeship programs as part of its curriculum. 

  • Construction Management Apprenticeship Program: Maryland’s only construction management apprenticeship prepares you to succeed in architectural, engineering, and general contracting jobs. 

    Take two years of courses at HCC while working full-time at a local construction company. Upon completion, you will have received a total of 4,000 on-the-job training hours and earned a Construction Management Certificate from HCC.  You will then be able to take the Construction Manager in Training (CMIT) exam to become a Certified Construction Manager. 

Construction Management Apprenticeship Program

  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVACR) Apprenticeship Program: Interested HVACR professionals or those who are currently employed by a licensed HVACR company can train to become a licensed journeyperson through HCC’s partnership with the Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors of Maryland. The four-year program includes classroom study, and 8,000 hours of on the job training.

HVACR Apprenticeship Program

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