CPCC among Charlotte organizations kicking off National Apprenticeship Week

Central Piedmont Community College will join a network of other local organizations kicking off National Apprenticeship Week in November with events in Charlotte to inform and encourage area businesses to consider adding apprenticeship programs.

The network, called the Talent Pipeline Partnership, will host a breakfast and panel discussion Nov. 4 at the Charlotte Chamber, 330 S. Tryon St., beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The Talent Pipeline Partnership is a Mecklenburg County group of organizations that aims to educate employers about workplace-learning resources in the area that can help grow their talent pipelines. Along with CPCC, partner organizations include the Charlotte Chamber, Charlotte Works, the city of Charlotte, Goodwill, MeckEd and Mecklenburg County.

Apprenticeships are a form of work-based learning that combine with courses at local community colleges. At least 20 companies in the Charlotte region have invested in apprenticeships, Jill Lutz, CPCC’s Skills Initiative executive director, wrote in an Observer op-ed this week.

Representatives from companies in the Apprenticeship 2000 and Apprenticeship Charlotte initiatives will participate in the Nov. 4 panel discussion. Charlotte-area businesses interested in attending can contact Ed Injaychock at 704-330-6132 for details.

“Apprenticeships are an excellent way for students to pursue a sustainable career without accumulating college debt,” Mary Vickers-Koch, CPCC dean, Harris Campus and business and industry training services, said in a statement Tuesday.

Additionally, Charlotte Works and CATS will host a tour of the CATS maintenance facility for high school juniors and seniors on Nov. 2. It will be a chance for CATS to educate about and recruit for its pre-apprenticeship program.

Nov. 2-8 is the inaugural National Apprenticeship Week, designated by the U.S. Department of Labor and President Barack Obama. The week is intended for colleges, companies, workers, students and economic development leaders to learn about and promote apprenticeships.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta