What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships have been around for years, historically in the skilled trades industries. They are an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where individuals can gain paid work experience while receiving related instruction in their field of study. Today, apprenticeships have evolved to include industries such as accounting, health care, early childhood education, information technology and logging. Apprenticeships are a proven earn and learn model and a critical talent pipeline to employers that can help to address some of our nation’s pressing workforce challenges.

Why become an apprentice?

Registered apprentices participate receive relevant skills and knowledge that the employers want in today’s workforce.  This tuition-free pathway offers an alternative for career driven individuals an opportunity to work in a well-paying job, gain real-world experience, jump-start their careers, and receive guidance and support along the way! 

  • Earn while you learn
  • Paid, full-time employment
  • No/low student debt
  • Mentorship
  • Receive relevant instruction 
  • Credentials and degree potential 

Apprenticeship Programs

Shasta College hosts grant-funded registered pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs that support the development of workforce and provide educational opportunities for current and future students and community members.   

California Registered Apprenticeship Forest Training (CRAFT) 

CRAFT was designed by the logging industry for the logging industry. This registered apprenticeship program is for those that see themselves working outside amongst the trees and mountains for a hardworking, tight knit industry. Visit CRAFT’s website for further information and directions on how to apply.

Heavy Equipment Logging Operations (HELO)

Shasta College’s certificated HELO program is also a California registered pre-apprenticeship!  The foundational skills and knowledge gained through HELO, prepares students to enter directly into CRAFT and continue building their logging career as a registered apprentice! Registering as a pre-apprentice is quick and easy with no additional costs or time! Upon completion, registered pre-apprentices will receive a Shasta College HELO Certificate and an industry recognized Certificate of Completion from the state! Once you’re registered for HELO, contact Office of Apprenticeship to register as a pre-apprentice.

Accounting Services Employment Training (A$ET) 

A$ET was designed in response to local industry across many sectors that are in need of accounting clerks. Now, an accounting clerk can wear many hats and may not even have that official title but the skills gained through this program addresses the needs we heard from employers. This program can take up to 18 months and requires 3000 hours of on-the-job training and 693 hours of related instruction provided by Shasta College. Upon completion, registered apprentices will receive a Shasta College Accounting Clerk Certificate and an industry recognized Certificate of Completion from the state! Visit A$ET's website for further information and directions on how to apply.

How to get started?

If you are interested in a pre-apprenticeship, you first must work with your Shasta College counselor and/or staff. Once you are registered for the Shasta College program, contact Office of Apprenticeship to apply as a pre-apprentice. 

If you are interested in an apprenticeship, click the link to the program website. There you can review the program more thoroughly and fill out an interest form or an application. We will reach out to you to get started! 

Are you an employer or know one who may be interested in participating? 

Our employer’s support and partnership are absolutely vital to the success of these programs! Registered apprenticeships provide a talent pipeline directly to your business to help you grow your own workforce. If you are interested in hiring an apprentice from one of our apprenticeship programs or have an existing employee that would benefit from participating, please click the link to the program website to submit an application or simply contact The Office of Apprenticeship for further information.

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Contact Us

Whether you are interested in being an apprentice or being a sponsor employer, we are here to help!

Lisa Petty
Office of Apprenticeship
(530) 242-7627