• Career Launch Kalamazoo (CLK)

    Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Program

    Apprenticeships are flexible training programs that cultivate well-educated, highly skilled workers able to meet the demands of a competitive global economy, 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. The demands of the program are significant, but so are the rewards.

    All KPS 11th and 12th grade students who are 16-18 years old are eligible for CLK! All education, training, and uniform costs will be paid. You can earn while you learn with wages starting at $15 per hour. CLK is open to CTE and non-CTE students.

    Pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships are available in Healthcare, Information Technology (IT) and Manufacturing. Students will work several hours a week on a flexible schedule with competitive wages. The training component of the pre-apprenticeship and the apprenticeship will be provided at local companies by the employer. Metro cards will be available to students who have transportation needs

    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.