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Earn While You Learn

Spokane Community College (SCC) partners with industry to provide apprenticeship training available. Apprenticeships give students on-the-job training and classroom education, while making a living wage with health care, retirement and other benefits.

By the Numbers: Living wage with no college loans

  • Average pay rate for apprentices is $20 per hour

  • Average cost for tools for starting an apprenticeship is $450
    • Students are only responsible for their own tools and supplies. That means you don't pay tuition!
  • 1,500apprenticeship students last year at SCC

What is an Apprenticeship?

In apprenticeship training, you learn while you're employed. In addition, on-the-job training is supplemented by classroom learning each year. The training period, or apprenticeship, varies in length from one to five years, depending on the complexity of the occupation you select.

Apprentices are paid by their employer. They receive pay increases at regular intervals over the period of apprenticeship if their skills have increased and their training has been completed satisfactorily. Those who successfully complete their apprenticeship training reach journeyman status and are then fully qualified to pursue their occupation.

Training: Classroom and On-the-Job

Classroom training requires six to 48 hours each week, depending on the trade. These classes may take place days, evenings, or weekends.

On-the-job training involves working with and learning from experienced journeyman workers. During this training period, you receive wages for your work. The starting wage for beginning apprentices is usually about half of the journeyman rate and increases regularly as you satisfactorily progress through the program. Near the end of the training, an apprentice is performing as a skilled worker and is earning close to the journeyman wage.


Apprenticeship Office 509-533-7178

Department of Labor and Industries - Apprenticeship Section Offices 509-324-2590

  1. Build on apprecticeship training.
  2. Demonstrate basic principles of computers and business application software.
  3. Identify skills involved in planning a small business.
  4. Demonstrate applied mathematics skills such as estimating, calculators, measuring systems and practical applications.
  5. Plan and write reports and documents in technical format using punctuation rules.
  6. Utilize appropriate communication skills (verbal and non-verbal).

Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training (OJT) and related classroom instruction under the supervision of a journey-level craft person or trade professional in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation.  After completing an apprenticeship program, the worker's journey-level status provides an additional benefit of nationwide mobility at journey level scale.

A journey-level worker is an individual who has sufficient skills and knowledge of a trade, craft, or occupation, either through formal apprenticeship training or through practical on-the-job work experience, to be recognized by a state or federal registration agency and/or an industry as being fully qualified to perform the work of the trade, craft, or occupation. Practical experience must be equal to or greater than the term of apprenticeship.

The Multi-Occupations AAS recognizes the stringent requirements, on-the-job training and related classroom instruction of each individual trades.  A minimum of 6,000 clock hours of OJT and 450 hours of related classroom instruction along with an additional 30 program credits will meet the requirements of the AAS degree.

The AAS is only open to apprentices enrolled in a local JATC approved apprenticeship training program or journey-level workers which have completed an approved apprenticeship training program.  Verification of completion of an apprenticeship program by the JATC is required before submission of the petition for graduation.  The combined total of 30 program credits, 6000 OJT hours and 450 hours of related supplemental instruction will meet the requirement of AAS degree candidates.

Students who complete the Multi-Occupation AAS degree are eligible to apply for acceptance to four year universities.   Prior to taking courses in this program, students who intend to further their education at a university should consult an academic advisor at SCC or the transferring university.

Breaking Ground on Your Pathway


Math placement is not required for this program.

Prepare for College-level English

English placement is required for this program. If your English placement is below ENGL& 101, you’ll need to take following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into:
AE 36 → AE 46 and 47 (taken together) → AE 67 → ENGL 99 → ENGL& 101

Plan Your Courses

Meet with our counselors to customize this plan just for you. You can also search the quarterly schedule for class days and times.

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Total Program Credits: 30

Program Courses

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
450 Theory Clock Hours  
6000 Technical Clock Hours  
Related Education  
Required General Education  
Total Credits
Related Education: Choose 15 credits Related Education: Choose 15 credits  
CIS 110
Introduction to Computer Applications  
CMST 227
Intercultural Communication   1
MMGT 101
Principles of Management  
Required General Education: Choose 15 credits Required General Education: Choose 15 credits  
English Composition I  
Math in Society   2
General Psychology  
1 This course may be substituted with CMST& 210, CMST 127, or CMST 287.
2 BUS 103 may be substituted for MATH& 107 for students not seeking to transfer.
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Costs for completing a degree or certificate can vary. For more information about costs, visit our How Much Does it Cost? page.

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Apprenticeship Office 509-533-7178

Department of Labor and Industries - Apprenticeship Section Offices 509-324-2590