Apprenticeship opportunities grow for LRSC with Department of Labor Agreement

Lake Region State College and the Department of Labor entered into an agreement June 21 officially granting LRSC the ability to host apprenticeships.

Barry Dutton, State Director DOL office of Apprenticeship in Bismarck and LRSC President Doug Darling signed the agreement. 

With this agreement, the Department of Labor recognizes LRSC’s ability to provide apprenticeships in four areas, Dutton said. Those areas are IT Specialist, IT Cyber Support Technician, Electronics Technician, and Electro Mechanical Assembly.

“This allows a more technical approach to earning a degree and creating a career for those looking to enter the workforce sooner rather than late,” Dutton said.
It also will allow veterans to use previously learned skills and apply them in an apprenticeship to get them into the workforce.

A few years in the making, Darling said the Earn and Learn Apprenticeship program at LRSC is an exciting endeavor for the campus.

“We are developing non-traditional apprenticeship opportunities for programs, specifically Information Technology and Simulation Technology. Students will be hired and sponsored by an employer, complete related classroom instruction with LRSC and have on-the-job worksite training.  After two years, the registered apprenticeship is completed, an AAS degree earned, and a full-time job waiting,” Darling said.

Established in 1941, Lake Region State College is a comprehensive community college based in Devils Lake, ND.  LRSC offers education in a variety of career and technical programs and associate arts (transfer) degree for those planning to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree. The college offers its peace officer training program in Minot each spring, Grand Forks and Fargo each summer; its nursing program in Grand Forks and Mayville; is part of the Grand Forks Air Force Base Education Center; has a program called LAUNCH! that serves students in Grand Forks planning on transferring to UND; numerous degrees and courses online; and early entry and dual credit courses for eligible high school students.