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Free Pre-Apprenticeship Programs In IT Fields Open To Qualified Arkansans

Published Monday, June 1, 2020
by University of Arkansas News
Free Pre-Apprenticeship Programs In IT Fields Open To Qualified Arkansans

(ROGERS, ARKANSAS) - Arkansans interested in starting a career in Information Technology (IT) can apply for free on-line Pre-Apprenticeship Programs through a partnership between the University of Arkansas Professional and Workforce Development, Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District, the Arkansas Center for Data Science, and the Northwest Arkansas Council.

The on-line Pre-Apprenticeship Programs will serve as a pathway for participants to expand their knowledge of technology and potentially move into full Apprenticeship Programs.

“Pre-Apprenticeship Programs are designed to give individuals the skills and confidence they need to be successful in various jobs and industries,” said Tara Dryer, who serves as Director of Training, Corporate Development and Academic Outreach at U of A Professional and Workforce Development.

The Apprenticeship Programs, launched in Fall 2019, provide participants the opportunity to expand their careers and knowledge in the Technology Sector through an “earn and learn” model that includes employer-provided, on-the-job training, classroom instruction and mentorship.

Apprentices who complete the program receive a portable, nationally-recognized credential. 

More than 20 Pre-Apprenticeship course offerings include programs in web and software development, operating systems, networking and security.

All courses are available on-line, and participants often have the option to select from either a six-week instructor-led course or a three-month self-paced course.

The Pre-Apprentice Program is open to Arkansas residents 18 years of age or older who hold a high school diploma or GED, are eligible to work in the United States, and registered with Selective Service, if applicable.

Applicants must have a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification card, a Social Security card, and a Selective Service Registration Card, if applicable.

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