Techniques Magazine Techniques March 2011 : Page 34

A LegAcy of APPRENTICEShIPS By SuSAN REESE A pprenticeships are a time-honored way of passing along skills in an art, trade or craft, and many notable figures in American history began their careers as apprentices. Benjamin Franklin learned the printing trade through apprentice-ship, and Paul Revere served as an apprentice in his family’s silversmith busi-ness. Apprenticeships have long been an important element of career and technical education (CTE), where they traditionally incorporate systematic programs of on-the-job training led by skilled profession-als, along with classroom and laboratory instruction. automotive apprenticeships in colorado at acc Annually about 18,000 credit and non-credit students attend Colorado’s Arapa-hoe Community College (ACC), where more than 100 degree and certificate programs are offered at its Littleton and Parker campuses. Among those pro-grams is the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Automotive Service Technol-ogy, which is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foun-dation (NATEF) and taught by Automo-tive Service Excellence (ASE) certified instructors. The two-year program and automotive technology certificate pro -grams prepare students for employment as professional technicians and for the ASE certification examinations. PhOTO COuRTESY OF ARAPAhOE COMMuNITY COLLEGE 34 Techniques March 2011

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