Portage High aims to expand its Youth Apprenticeship program

Portage High School seeking to expand Youth Apprenticeship program

Portage High School is seeking to expand its Youth Apprenticeship Program by building collaborative partnerships with businesses in our area. Employers have the opportunity to turn young adults into possible future employees while students can earn valuable job skills in an area of their interest while earning school credits.

The program is open to 11th and 12th grade students. Students can start a Youth Apprenticeship job as soon as the summer between their 10th and 11th grade school year. Students must work at least 450 hours over the course of one year, with a minimum of 250 hours worked during the nine months of school.

The program has been growing steadily each year. Currently, 307 students from 26 school districts in our CESA 5 region participate in the program. Wisconsin taxpayers’ estimated return on investment is $6.80 for every $1 spent.

For employers wanting to know more about the program, please reach out to Tim Belleau, Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator, Portage High School Counseling Department, at belleaut@portage.k12.wi.us or 608-742-8545, Ext. 1019.

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