John P. Higgins 
      Ozaukee Youth Apprenticeship 

    Consourtium Coordinator/Educator 

      (262) 268-6074

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    Hello, my name is John Higgins and I help students start their careers while still in high school.

    Youth Apprenticeships are for students who are finishing their sophomore or junior year of high school and 

    Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeships integrate school-based and work-based learning to provide students in their junior and senior years with academic and occupational skills, leading to both a high school diploma and a Certificate of Occupational Proficiency in a specific industry.  The one and two-year apprenticeships prepare students for a number of post-secondary options:

    •         Entering the workforce directly from high school

    •         Transitioning to a registered apprenticeship 

    •         Enrolling at a technical college or a university in an occupationally related degree program. 

    Each student works in partnership with an employer-identified mentor, specialized classroom instructor and a high school apprenticeship coordinator to receive the best skills and knowledge possible. 

    The apprenticeship requires that students work a minimum of 450 hours to complete a one-year apprenticeship and 900 hours to complete a two-year program.  Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, students are awarded a Certificate of Occupational Proficiency from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. 

    Graduates may be eligible to receive advanced standing and/or transcripted credit at a local technical college or credit toward the admission requirements for the University of Wisconsin system (in selected programs). 

    Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeships are a great way for career motivated students to experience the real world of a chosen career field.