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Apprenticeship Program

Earn While You Learn

Santiago Canyon College (SCC) is recognized as having the largest apprenticeship program in the California Community Colleges system. In 2012-2013, more than 4,500 students were enrolled in the SCC Apprenticeship Program. The program is offered in conjunction with various employers including several labor unions and the Division of Apprenticeship Standards.

An apprenticeship is a system of learning while earning and practicing occupational skills. By working under the guidance of skilled workers, called journeyworkers, apprentices get on-the-job training and are paid a living wage from the first day they are hired. Apprenticeship classes are exempt from regular college tuition and enrollment fees.

The options offered at SCC include:

Apprentices start earning a percentage of the skilled worker’s wage and receive increases at regular intervals. Starting rates are usually 35-50 percent and increases are given every six months in most trades. Each apprentice signs an apprentice agreement with a Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, a Unilateral Apprenticeship Committee or an individual employer.

Upon successful completion of training, apprentices are issued a “Certificate of Completion” by the State of California. This certificate recognizes the apprentice as a skilled journeyworker.

For more information on the SCC Apprenticeship Programs, call (714) 628-4883 or visit