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Apprenticeship Program

Apprenticeship:  Employee Multi-Year Development Program

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Community College Apprenticeship Programs

To provide apprentice training for their employees, many employers partner with the California Community Colleges or with the California Department of Education's Regional Occupational Programs/Centers and Adult Schools.  The community colleges have approximately 25,000 apprentices enrolled in over 160 apprenticeship programs comprised of a total of 66 trades/crafts titles located on 39 campuses.  Apprentices receive on-the-job training via their employer, and then in the evening or weekend receive employer selected "Related and Supplemental Instruction" (RSI).  Through many of the RSI apprenticeship programs and apprentice can earn a certificate or degree (Associate of Arts or Associate of Science).  The apprenticeships are typically three to five years in length. 

The 2013-14 California Budget Act provides $7,174,000 for the apprenticeship RSI and removed the "flexibility" provision that had been in place since 2008.  All RSI Funding must now only be spent on apprenticeship programs.  In addition, the geographic restriction which limited community colleges from working with statewide or multi-district based apprenticeship sponsors was lifted.  Lastly, the $15,000,000 of RSI funding that was administered by the California Department of Education was shifted to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office to remove any duplication of effort and provide cost savings to the state.  Those Local Education Agencies (LEAs) affiliated with the California Department of Education will continue to work with Apprenticeship Program Sponsors as they have in the past.  All RSI apprenticeship programs offered by the community colleges must be approved by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, as well as the Division of Apprenticeship Standards, which is a division within the California Department of Industrial Relations. 

For more information, please visit the Apprenticeship webpage located under Workforce Economic Development.

You may also contact Nick Esquivel by email at or by telephone at 916.445.4670.



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