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Apprenticeship Pathway Degree Program

A partnership between West Virginia University, WVU Potomac State College, WVU Extension Service Institute for Labor Studies and Research, the West Virginia Carpenters Training Center and the West Virginia State Building and Construction Trades Council allows apprentices to further their skills and education through a new associate degree program. 

Earn Credit for Your Apprenticeship and Complete Your Degree

As you progress through your apprenticeship training program, you will simultaneously earn an associate degree. You will enhance the skills required for positions in today’s ever-changing construction workforce.

Upon completion of the Carpenters’ registered apprenticeship program, you will also hold an Associate of Applied Science degree in Technical Studies with a major in carpentry technology from WVU Potomac State College.

Initially, the program will be available to apprentices in the West Virginia Carpenters Training program; however, the partners hope to develop craft-specific degree majors for all registered apprenticeship programs affiliated with the West Virginia State Building and Construction Trades Council. 

What Classes Will I Take?

WVU Potomac State general education courses covering effective communications, computer science, and building trades history and culture will supplement the technical training you receive during your apprenticeship training programs. You will need to complete 60 total credits to earn your AAS degree in Carpentry Technology.

Length of the Program

You will start taking classes when your apprenticeship begins and continue taking college classes on a part-time basis throughout your apprenticeship.

What Will the Program Cost?

This program will be free to apprentices based on current state-funding opportunities. You will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. West Virginia residents will also apply for the West Virginia Invests Grant.

Eligible apprentices who live outside of West Virginia will be assessed at the in-state tuition rate. 

How Do I Apply for Admission?

More details will be shared with eligible apprenticeship participants soon. The program will begin in the spring 2021 semester. The program will be available at the West Virginia Carpenters Training Center’s three locations—Parkersburg, Charleston and Bridgeport, West Virginia.