NICC registered apprenticeships are innovative training systems, approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, that prepare workers for highly skilled and specialized occupations. The apprenticeship programs are unique because they provide training in multiple areas of a highly skilled professions through on-the-job training and classroom instruction. The employer sponsor of an apprentice provides full-time employment and tailors the apprenticeship focus to meet the employer’s specific business requirements.

Apprenticeship Options

  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC):
    • CNC Set-Up Programmer Milling and Turning
    • Mold Maker
    • Tool and Die Maker
  • Heating & Air-Conditioner Install/Service (HVAC) NEW
  • Heavy Truck Driver Coming Soon
  • Maintenance:
    • Maintenance Electrician
    • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Welder


What is an employer sponsor?

An employer sponsor is an employer seeking to “grow their own” skilled work force. The Department of Labor (DOL) registered apprenticeship is business driven; the employer decides who to hire and sponsor in the apprenticeship. The employer sponsor may request the apprentice take additional technical courses in order to best match the company needs and determines an appropriate progressive wage scale for the apprentice.

Why become an employer sponsor?

  • Training standards are industry-driven; industry works directly with Northeast Iowa Community College, the program sponsor, to determine and maintain skill requirements.
  • Apprenticeships are the best of all worlds! It is a first class training system that combines on-the-job learning with hands-on technical instruction.
  • Apprenticeship training builds employee loyalty and dedication to the employer.


Why be an apprentice?

  • Best way to become a highly skilled craftsmen
  • Guaranteed wage increases
  • High salaried careers
  • Current shortage of skilled trades workers means opportunity are available
  • The apprentice is guaranteed an increasing wage.
  • Improved skills and competencies.
  • Career advancement for registered apprentices.
  • Alignment with industry and workforce system goals and performance outcomes.
  • Provides technical and practical training
  • Establishes standards of proficiency through proven methodology
  • Provides training and certifications that meet industry standards

How do students learn more and register?

Students who are currently employed should talk to their employer about becoming an apprentice. Students who are not employed in manufacturing but are interested may enter the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator Career Pathway Certificate or Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist Technician program. Completion of either of these programs will provide leverage toward receiving an employer apprenticeship sponsorship.

Acceptance Requirements

  • Submit registration and payment for class.
  • Attend the mandatory orientation.
  • Apprentice students are required to have an employer sponsor in order to participate in a metalworking apprenticeship.

Program Length

The length and pace of the apprenticeship is dependent on previous experience, aptitude and ambition, though the average length is four to five years, including a minimum of 144 hours of classroom training per year. Students with previous industry experience or who have taken related courses may enter the apprenticeship program with advanced standing and can expect to reach journey worker status more quickly.

Register or Become an Employer Sponsor

To participate in a current apprenticeship program or to create a new registered apprenticeship, contact:

Gregory Willging
Director of Economic Development, Business & Community Solutions (BCS)

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 3128

*Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations ​within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta campuses.