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Applied Technology Apprenticeship Program

Skill is the unified force of experience, intellect and passion…. - John Ruskin, English author and skilled labor champion

Applied Technology and Apprenticeship Program

What is an Apprenticeship?

Combining on-the-job training with theoretical and practical classroom and lab instruction, an Apprenticeship prepares you for a highly skilled position in a variety of industrial and construction trades, and skilled professions. Candidates for apprenticeships are selected by individual employers (not the College), with training coordinated and approved by Macomb’s Apprenticeship coordinators in accordance with federal guidelines and industry standards.   

The Applied Technology and Apprenticeship Program at Macomb is for students who are either already employed as or seeking entry into a field as an apprentice, craftsman or technician. Upon completion of apprenticeship program, you will receive both a U.S. Department of Labor certificate and a Macomb Community College Certificate. You may also choose to complete the Arts and Sciences requirements, in addition to the skill-specific courses, to earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Applied Technology.

Career Opportunities with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Applied Technology and/or Apprenticeship Certificate

With an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Applied Technology and/or an Apprenticeship certificate, you will be qualified for variety of positions based on the Apprenticeship Program that you have chosen. 

Areas of Specialty: Apprenticeship, Employee-in-Training & General Certificate

Boost your skills with a Readiness Certificate

Not quite ready to enter an applied technology or apprenticeship program? Earning a Readiness Certificate will provide you with the foundational skills necessary to gain employer sponsorship in and successfully complete an apprenticeship or other industrial-training program. And credits earned may be applied to many of Macomb’s other Applied Technology certificate or associate degree programs. 

Pre-apprenticeship classes for high school students

Through Michigan Apprenticeship Program Plus (MAP+), a grant-funded partnership between Macomb and Grand Rapids Community College, low- or no-cost training is available to qualifying high school students to prepare them for a skilled trade, apprenticeship or similar work-based learning opportunity. Learn more now.

Transfer Pathways for Advanced Applied Technology Degrees

Credits earned in Macomb’s Applied Technology and Apprenticeship Program transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan and may be applied to a bachelor’s degree program.

If you intend to transfer and pursue advanced degrees in Applied Technology or another field, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

Occupational Certificate

Macomb’s Workforce and Continuing Education Department offers certificate programs that may be earned in six months or less.  These can provide you with a gateway into a career and the option of earning a salary while you pursue further education, training or certification.          

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Applied Technology and Apprenticeship Program?

For more information about the Applied Technology and Apprenticeship Program at Macomb, contact the Applied Technology and Apprenticeship Department at 586.445.7438 or

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