What Are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are a combination of on-the-job training and related coursework in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. Apprenticeship programs can be sponsored by individual employers, joint employer and labor groups, and/or employer associations.

KCTCS offers an Associate in Applied Science - Apprenticeship Studies Program at four colleges (Bluegrass, Elizabethtown, Gateway, Jefferson and West Kentucky Community & Technical Colleges). The AAS in Apprenticeship Studies is designed to complement specialized study in a national or state-approved apprentice curriculum. A prerequisite of completion of a national/state certified apprenticeship program exists.

Commonly approved Apprenticeship Training Programs can include the following occupations:


Automotive Mechanic Ironworker Sheet Metal Worker
Bricklayer Machinist Software Engineer
Carpenter Maintenance Mechanic Sprinkler Fitter
Die Designer Millwright Tool and Die Maker
Electrician Plumber Utility Lineman
Gas Dispatcher Plumber/Pipe Fitter Web-Offset Press Technician
HVAC Installer/Services Pressman  

How Can I Earn Apprenticeship Credit?

To request approval for Apprenticeship Training, contact your academic advisor.

Is There A Cost for Apprenticeship Credit?

There is no fee for the awarding of apprenticeship credit at KCTCS.