General Information

South Piedmont Community College has partnered with local business and industry to create an apprenticeship program that meets the workforce needs of Union and Anson counties.  The program offers the opportunity for students to work at a sponsoring business, while simultaneously completing an approved apprenticeship program of study at SPCC. Here are some benefits of registered apprenticeships:

  • Participants are paid an hourly wage by employers during training, a wage that increases over time as new skills are learned
  • Employers and their training partners provide on-the-job learning and job-related classroom or technical instruction
  • Training results in an industry-recognized credential that certifies occupational proficiency

Information for Businesses

In the highly competitive job market, many firms and companies have difficulty finding employees with the necessary skills or desired level of company-specific knowledge. Through apprenticeships, employers can reduce operational costs by establishing a streamlined channel to bring on new workers and advance existing workers, building employee loyalty and reducing attrition, and fostering new leaders.

Information for Students

An apprenticeship allows students to earn while they learn a highly-skilled trade. Students graduate with a professional certification or two-year college degree debt free. In addition to free training and invaluable work experience, apprentices may get progressively increasing wages through the course of their apprenticeship. The available programs of study provide the opportunity for sponsored apprentices to earn industry-recognized credentials in a variety of career and technical education fields, such as:

  • Electrical Systems Technology
  • Industrial Systems Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Mechatronics Engineering Technology

If you are a business interested in registering as a sponsoring apprenticeship organization, of if you are a current high school senior, high school graduate, or working adult interested in connecting with apprenticeship opportunities, please contact Russell Carpenter at, or 704.290.5892.