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Provide a Work Experience

"I hear and I forget; I see and I remember, I do and I understand." Confucius

Students in ATECH learn about the world of work in a variety of ways.

In the classroom they are exposed to the basics of machining, welding, mechanical design, automation, math for the trades, reading blueprints, project-based learning, and other classroom experiences designed to reflect the world of work.

ATECH appreciates the involvement of manufacturing professionals making classroom presentations and demonstrations and businesses opening their doors to allow students to tour their production facilities and to do job shadows with experienced workers.

But nothing can help the student more than to have an actual work experience. Not only are students developing on-the-job skills, but more importantly they are in an adult environment learning how adults work. This type of experience is very difficult to replicate in a high school classroom. The Appleton Technical Academy would like to place all Junior or Seniors students in a youth apprenticeship that will combine in-school learning with learning on the job.

Employment can begin during the summer before a student's senior year at ATECH, during the senior year, or upon graduation from ATECH. Students are permitted and encouraged to work during the school day.

Your business benefits from having youth apprentices, because often these students are motivated to complete their technical college degree and remain as valuable long-term employees of your company.

If you'd like to learn more about how a youth apprenticeship might fit in your organization, contact the ATECH office. Every company has its unique work environment. We'll work with you to find a way to make the experience valuable for your company and for the student.

"There is undoubtedly a need for more qualified candidates in the skilled trades and practical hands-on experience is what it takes to be successful at these jobs. I believe it's the responsibility of businesses in our community to support the students who may one day support us. The benefits far outweigh the risks. I was very fortunate to start my career on a High School Work/Study Program similar to A-Tech more than 40 years ago, and I still believe in this hands-on teaching model today. The relationship is good for business. It's good for the students. And it's good for the collective economy."Pete Uvaas, President, Fox Valley Tool & Die