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Columbia College Apprenticeship Initiative

Columbia College Apprenticeship Initiative



Earn an industry-recognized training certification and go on to earn an Associate Degree with an emphasis in Hospitality Management, Child Development, or Automotive Technology while getting paid to complete on-the-job training. Columbia College Apprenticeship Initiative is a grant-funded program that provides its students with on-the-job training in the Hospitality, Child Development, and Automotive industries. Students have the opportunity to complete related coursework at Columbia College while working as paid apprentices at one of the local approved apprenticeship employers, resulting in a Certified Apprentice certification through the California Department of Apprenticeship Standards as well as Certificates of Achievement and/or Skills Attainment Certificates through Columbia College. Students will be set up for career advancement and/or higher education at Columbia College and beyond.

Benefits of Participation

  • Experience on the job training while earning an Associate of Science Degree.
  • Paid on the job training.
  • Tuition balance paid after financial aid eligibility determination.
  • Academy books provided.

How to Apply

Hospitality Management

Hospitality and culinary arts apprentices are hired by one of our two committed employers, Black Oak Casino Resort or Evergreen Lodge & Rush Creek Lodge. At least 48 students will have the opportunity to complete a Certificate of Achievement moving toward an Associate of Science degree, while working as paid apprentices. Apprentices rotate through different professional areas at the employer site over an 18-24 month period, to receive comprehensive training in a range of positions that could include a combination of front desk, housekeeping, maintenance, beverage management, retail, recreation and several aspects of kitchen and food service. While working, apprentices take industry-related coursework and complete additional general education courses and electives to fulfill requirements for an Associate of Science degree.

Academy Course Outline 

Here are some examples of the courses that are being offered through the Apprenticeship Initiative:

Intro to Hospitality Careers and Human Relations
Hospitality Laws and Regulations  
Front Office Management/Hotel Catering 
Introduction to Maintenance & Housekeeping  
Safety and Sanitation
Restaurant Math
Nutrition for Chefs
Kitchen Management
Intro to Commercial Food Preparation
Commercial Baking: Beginning   
Dining Room Service and Management I
Beverage Management 
Restaurant Planning  

Industry Outlook

Hospitality is a predominately people-oriented industry where business success is measured in terms of customer satisfaction, enjoyment and safety. Labor market research shows the tourism and hospitality industry is robust, assuring strong career prospects for years to come. According to Tourism Economics, written by Dean Runyan in 2014, statewide direct travel spending totaled $117.5 billion in 2014, and generated 1,027,000 jobs. Regionally, the Gold Country has an estimated 39,200 travel-related jobs, with 4,400 in Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties alone, primarily in food service and lodging. Locally, this project’s two committed employers have more than 1,100 employees, and both have planned major expansions.  

Child Development

Child Development apprentices will be hired at one of our approved placement sites, which will be announced soon! In addition to gaining valuable hands-on experience, apprentices will complete coursework in Child Development at Columbia College that align with the California Child Development Permits. Permits are issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and are required to work in a state or federally funded child care center. For more information on permits, visit the CTC website here. For more information on how Columbia College courses align with the Child Development Permit options, visit this link or email hansonk@yosemite.edu

Industry Outlook

The most common career path for graduates of a child development program is child care provider or early educator. Tuolumne County's Resource and Referral Agency, Infant Child Enrichment Services, reports a significant need for child care. Only 29% of children 0-12 with parents in the workforce have access to child care. Preschool teachers, infant/toddler teachers, early education administrators, family child care providers, and special education teachers can expect to see, on average, a 9% increase in job openings in the region in the next 5 years.

Automotive Technology

 Automotive apprentices will be hired at one of our approved placement sites, which will be announced soon! Apprentices will complete courses in automotive technology at Columbia College in addition to paid on-the-job training hours over a 18-24 month period which will result in becoming a California Certified Apprentice. Degree and certificate patterns in Automotive Technology are designed to prepare students for the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Exams. For more information on ASE Exams at Columbia College, click here. Additionally, faculty at Columbia are all ASE certified, and the automotive program is nationally accredited through February 2020 by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Click here to learn more about NATEF Accredited programs.

Industry Outlook

The United States has one of the largest automotive markets in the world, and it is one of the largest industries in the Mother Lode Region. With this comes a need to have well-trained employees to support all aspects of the automotive industry, including design, sales, maintenance, repair, etc. 


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