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Earn while you learn (The Apprentice School)

Discussion in 'Exploring everything under the sun!!' started by Okrazie1, December 10, 2004.

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    1. Okrazie1

      Okrazie1 Elite Zoom Zoomer!

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      As a graduate of The Apprentice School, I thought that many of you might not know of the program's existence, and that it could be of interest to some of you.

      The Apprentice School is a program at Northrop Grumman Newport News (formerly known as Newport News Shipbuilding) where your workday is split between on-the-job training and classroom learning. It allows you the opportunity to learn a trade, get an education, and earn a living at the same time. There are seventeen different skilled crafts to choose from, and also advanced programs which offer the opportunity to become a designer or production planner. I don't believe there are many places where you get paid while sitting in the classroom :D .
       
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      That looks like a great program, do you have a commitment to them for a period of time after you are done? How selective are they in admitting someone?

      Thats a great alternative to spending 25+ thousand to go to college for 4 years and get a BA and make basically what they are paying while you learn skills, and some advanced general education.
       
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      Almost any college has a co-op program. I work for the federal government being a co-op in Electrical Engineering right now while going to college. It is a great way to earn your way through college and also to make sure you like what your going for in college. I enjoy EE, but I don't think I want to do it once I graduate.
       
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      This is different than a co-op program (NGNN has a co-op program also). The co-op program requires you to be enrolled in an engineering program, and you alternate work and school terms. In the Apprentice School, you work and go to school at the same time. For example, you may work in the morning from 7 to 12, then have class from 12:30 'til 3:30. The Apprentice School also teaches you a trade, so later on if you do become a designer, you actually have an idea what you are designing, because you have actually worked on it before.

      There is no commitment to the company after your apprenticeship is completed. As far as selectivity goes, as long as you have the required credits as listed on the admissions page, and was a decent student in high school, your chances are probably pretty good to being admitted. I believe I have seen statistics on the application/admission rate before, but I do not recall what it was. I do know that the graduating class of 2002 (graduation is held once a year) was 115 people, and the class of 2003 was 84 people.
       

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