Office of Work-Based Learning & Industry Partnerships

The Talent You Need--The Skills You Demand

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Whether you need 1 or 101 skilled workers, HCC can meet your needs by partnering to build a Registered Apprenticeship Program. 

As defined by the Department of Labor, a Registered Apprenticeship (RAP) “is a proven model of apprenticeship that has been validated by the U.S. Department of Labor or a State Apprenticeship Agency.  RAPs enable and energize more employers to participate and provide them access to larger talent pools that have been trained for entry-level to management positions, thereby meeting industry demands and reducing unemployment rates across the country.”

Registered apprenticeships provide a blend of on-the-job training, classroom instruction, and work-based learning for skills building directly required by the employer.  Registered apprenticeships range in years of completion from one to five years.

HCC works with individual and consortiums of employers to develop the occupational skills standards and learning outcomes required for positions.  HCC manages the registered apprenticeship for employer partners to provide a turnkey solution to workforce development.

In addition to paid work, apprentices attain the necessary skills to launch their careers, college credit and/or a certificate of completion from HCC, and where necessary industry certifications.

Employer Benefits

  • Reduce turnover through initial investment in employee
  • Increase retention of workers, during and following the apprenticeship
  • Create efficiency by aligning and standardizing entry level training for key occupations
  • Increase productivity through a highly skilled, aligned workforce
  • Develop additional revenue streams through state and federal funding programs
  • Create company career pathways through apprenticeship career development
  • Minimize liability costs through appropriate training of workers
  • Improve productivity and profitability


Apprentice Benefits

  • Earn while you learn with on-the-job training and classroom instruction while at work
  • Attain industry-recognized credentials to jump start a career
  • Earn college credit and/or receive a certificate of completion from HCC
  • Learn and grow alongside industry mentors and experts


Apprentice Program Partnerships

AON Logo Pharmacy Technician Partnership Logo JP Morgan Chase Logo  Marek Logo 
Greater Houston Builders Association Logo  Petroleum Express Logo Insulators Partnership Logo  Cement Masons Partnership Logo 
Independent Electrical Contractors Partnership Logo  Ironworkers Partnership Logo   Pipefitters Partnership Logo  Plumbers Partnership Logo
Sheetmetal Partnership Logo  Stationary Engineers Partnership Logo  Operating Engineers Partnership Logo  Painters and Allied Trades International Union logo 



Example Regional HCC Apprenticeship Programs

Aon Apprenticeship Program

In partnership with Aon, a multinational, risk management firm, HCC offers a business professional apprenticeship.  Student apprentices work 40 hours a week at Aon which also includes coursework applied to a Business Management Associate of Applied Science degree with a specialization in insurance.


JP Morgan Chase IT Professional Apprenticeship Program

From the Digital and Information Technology Center of Excellence, HCC provides cybersecurity professionals to apprentice at JP Morgan Chase to thwart potential security threats within the system.


CVS Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship

HCC has partnered with CVS to provide apprentices in the field technician field of pharmacy.  Apprentices train through HCC and earn while they learn at CVS Pharmacy.  To date, the partnership has produced over 100 apprentices.


Petro Express CDL Apprenticeship

In partnership with Petro Express, HCC offers an apprenticeship in commercial truck driving to meet the swelling demand for drivers in the petrochemical sector.  Apprentices learn alongside dedicated staff to develop the necessary skills to excel in the industry while at the same time attaining their Commercial Driver’s License.


Home Builders Academy Pre-Apprenticeship

HCC has partnered with the Greater Houston Builders Association and the Texas Builders Association to offer a pre-apprenticeship in residential construction.  Apprentices complete a series of training modules developed by industry to get them ready to enter a career as an apprentice in residential construction.


Marek Construction Academy Pre-Apprenticeship

HCC, Houston ISD, and Marek have partnered to create a dual-credit high school program that trains craft professionals for the commercial construction sector.  Students begin training as Juniors in high school at an HCC facility.  They complete a paid summer internship before their senior year and high school and then complete their level one certificate through HCC their senior year.  Upon graduation, students are offered employment with Marek.


Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee:

HCC partners with 11 U.S. Department of Labor approved apprenticeship programs in Houston to provide skilled, construction craft professionals including:

  • Independent Electrical Contractors
  • Plumbers
  • Masonry
  • Ironworkers
  • Asbestos Workers
  • Operating Engineers
  • Painters
  • Glaziers
  • Pipefitters
  • Sheet Metal
  • Stationary Engineers


Start an Apprenticeship today!

Christina Robinson, Ed.D

Executive Director, Work-Based Learning & Industry Partnerships