Career Launch Kalamazoo (CLK)

KPS Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Program

  • Career Launch Kalamazoo is a Youth Apprenticeship Program that provides flexible occupational training programs that cultivate well-educated, highly skilled workers able to meet the demands of a competitive global economy in careers that are in high demand. Youth apprenticeships are open to high school juniors, seniors, and graduating seniors, giving them the opportunity to earn while they learn through paid on-the-job training under the direction of an industry mentor. Youth apprentices also take college classes that directly relate to their apprenticeship. Students can earn industry-based certifications, certificates of completion, and college degrees as they climb the career ladder. The demands of the apprenticeship program are significant, but so are the rewards.

    All KPS 11th and 12th grade students who are 16-18 years old and on track for graduation (or can be on track to graduate) are eligible for CLK! All education, training, and uniform costs will be paid. Students can earn while they learn with wages starting at least $15 per hour. CLK is open to CTE and non-CTE students.

    Pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships through CLK are available in Information Technology (IT), Manufacturing, and Skilled Trades. Students will work several hours a week on a flexible schedule with competitive wages with regular increases. The training component of the pre-apprenticeship and the apprenticeship will be provided at local companies by partner employers. Metro cards will be available to students who have transportation needs. KPS will be recruiting students to participate in CLK each spring. Applications for CLK can be provided by the student's high school counselor. Students should review the  Steps in Participating in CLK to ensure all information is submitted prior to the deadline of March 18, 2022.


    Earn College Credit and Industry Based Certification

    Students will earn high in-demand and industry-recognized credentials in critical career areas while still in high school. You can leverage The Kalamazoo Promise by continuing to build skills and credentials through continued education. Training options are available to transfer to a 4-year university depending on the program. The educational component of the pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship will be at KVCC and/or other local educational institutions.

    Your high school schedule may have to be adjusted to accommodate the college courses you will be taking at KVCC or other educational training facilities. Youth apprentices usually take high school classes in the morning and their KVCC classes in the afternoons or evenings. Your high school counselor will work with you to ensure you meet all of your academic goals and that you are on track to graduate with your high school diploma.


    Fast-Track Your Secondary Education

    Students entering into an apprenticeship program must make a 2, 3, or 4-year commitment through credential completion.

    Students who are interested in CLK should contact their school counselor to review their Educational Development Plan (EDP), career goals, and to plan their schedule. Student schedules will include dual enrollment courses. Student selection for CLK is made every year in the spring for summer and fall placement with employers. Placement is not guaranteed.

    All students accepted into the CLK program must attend a paid 2-day Aspiring Apprenticeship Academy in the summer to receive mentoring, life skills, and workplace employability training geared towards preparing students for a successful transition into postsecondary education and the workplace.