Youth Apprenticeship

What is the Youth Apprenticeship Program?

Pacelli Catholic High School Youth Apprenticeship Program combines school-based and work-based learning to instruct students in employability and occupational skills that are defined by local businesses and manufacturers.  The Youth Apprenticeship program gives Pacelli students the opportunity to learn valuable employment skills in a career field that they are interested in pursuing after high school.  The training is based on Wisconsin Department for Workforce Development skills competencies with close input from employers.  Students involved with the program are supported by Pacelli Catholic High School teachers and a mentor/supervisor at the worksite.  Students who are accepted in the program are given the opportunity to engage in real world, on-the job experience that impact their future as well as supporting their cooperating employer.

Potential Program Areas

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  • Finance
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Essential Program Elements

Key elements of the Pacelli Youth Apprenticeship program are:

  • Industry-developed skill standards
  • Exposure to multiple aspects of the industry
  • Opportunity for paid on-the-job work experience
  • Prior related classroom instruction that supports the business’s skill needs
  • Quarterly performance evaluations employability skills and work-based competencies
  • Earn high school credits (2 credits per 450 hours of work experience)

Program Timeframe

Junior or Senior level of High School:

  • 450 hours of work-based learning over a twelve month period (students may earn up to 2.0 credits)
  • 2 semesters of prior or concurrent employment related classroom instruction

When to Apply:

  • As early as MAY after sophomore year
  • As late as November of the senior year
  • All applicants will be forwarded to the employer for review and possible interview
  • Students who apply are not guaranteed to be accepted into a Youth Apprenticeship position.

Pacelli Catholic High School is a member of the CESA 5 Youth Apprenticeship Consortium.

Interested in becoming a partnering business? Contact:

Larry Theiss, Pacelli Catholic High School Principal
715-341-2442 or ltheiss@pacellicatholicschools.com