Helping Acquire New Dynamic Skills (H.A.N.D.S)

Two male South Piedmont apprenticeship students, Greiner Bio-One’s apprenticeship director, and and Mark Sorrells, Senior VP, Golden Leaf Foundation chat next to manufacturing equipment in South Piedmont’s Center for Technology and Health Education. The H.A.N.D.S. Apprenticeship program combines paid on-the-job training with classroom instruction.

At the end of two years, a student earns an Associate of Applied Science degree and Journeyman Certification by the N.C. Department of Labor. This comprehensive skill and knowledge development program at South Piedmont Community College gives students a competitive advantage. Upon graduation, the apprentice will be “work ready” and earning a lucrative starting salary with company benefits.
•8,000 hours of the On-the-Job Learning at a Manufacturing Site
•1,750 hours of Classroom Instruction

An associate degree is an academic credential that increases one’s employability because it represents that the graduate has learned skills and developed subject knowledge. The H.A.N.D.S. Apprenticeship program is ideal for youth who have an aptitude for math and science and who enjoy creating and fixing things.

The Associate of Applied Science degree makes the graduate more employable right away without a four-year degree. The collaborative interactions with South Piedmont instructors and with plant managers and supervisors help to create employment and professional development opportunities.

Possible Career Opportunities:
• CNC Machinist
• Electrician
• Maintenance Technician
• Mold/Plastic Technician
• Tool & Die Maker
• Welding Fabricator

To learn more, contact:
Russell Carpenter, for more information about apprenticeship opportunities.