Lansing Community College

LCC does not offer school-to-work apprenticeships. Any student who is interested in taking part in an apprenticeship must first be sponsored by a company.

If you are a company or apprentice who would like to find out more about LCC's apprenticeship services, please contact Wendy Smith at 517-483-1132.

LCC Apprenticeship Programs

LCC apprenticeship programs cross multiple industries including advanced manufacturing, HVAC, construction, energy, healthcare, and IT. Registered apprenticeships are employer-driven and sponsored. A company willing to sponsor a Registered Apprenticeship Program determines whom they decide to employ and apprentice. The LCC Trades Technology Services team collaborates with industry to develop the related technical instruction that fits the unique needs of each employer for their registered apprenticeship program. The related technical instruction aligns with on-the-job experience provided by the employer to ensure the employee is able to make connections between the classroom and the workplace.

What is a Registered Apprenticeship Program?

The Lansing Community College Apprenticeship Office seeks to provide personal support and guidance for sponsoring companies and their apprentices throughout their apprenticeship training ultimately enriching lives, our community and economic growth.

What is the Length of a Registered Apprenticeship?

Depending on the occupation, Registered Apprenticeship lasts from one to six years. For each year of the registered apprenticeship, the apprentice typically receives 2,000 hours of on-the-job experience and 144 hours of related technical instruction.

Employer Benefits of Sponsoring a Registered Apprenticeship Program

  • Builds a sustainable tailored pipeline of highly skilled competent workers
  • Provides cost effective customized training with an impressive return on investment
  • Increases profitability
  • Improves productivity & knowledge transfer
  • Reduces errors & waste
  • Improves quality & safety
  • Boosts employee retention & recruitment
  • Reduces turnover costs
  • Develops future managers
  • Improves employee engagement with greater problem-solving abilities & frontline innovation
  • Increases marketplace competitiveness

Benefits of a Becoming a Registered Apprentice

  • Earn a nationally recognized certificate from the USDOL that ensures competency and authorization to work anywhere in the U.S. as a fully qualified employee within the occupation
  • Receive a paycheck with guaranteed incremental wage increases
  • Improve confidence in the workplace
  • Earn college credit that may be applied toward an associate or bachelor's degree
  • Develop new skills by receiving hands-on training, mentored by an expert in the field
  • Secure a career path advantage with little or no college debt

Foundational Elements of All Apprenticeships
Common Elements of Apprenticeships

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Wage Schedule:

As an apprentice, your wages are determined based on a percentage of the journeyperson rate for the trade being apprenticed. This schedule states the pay for the apprentice. Usually, apprentices start at 50 to 60 percent of the journey rate. Usually, apprentices get pay raises every 1,000 hours or at about six-month intervals. This varies according to the sponsoring employer.


Apprenticeship standards:

This document covers the description of how the apprenticeship will be conducted by the sponsor. It includes selection, hiring, evaluating and general guidelines.

Work Process Schedule:

Work process schedule is the on-the-job training part of the apprenticeship. The length of time spent in each area is determined by how complicated the skills are. Apprentices should plan to spend enough time in each area to become competent.

Related Training Curriculum:

This is the classroom part of the apprenticeship. It gives the apprentice the necessary theoretical and technical knowledge needed to become a successful journeyperson. It also gives additional practice of job-related skills and knowledge. The National Apprenticeship and Training Standards require that a minimum of 144 hours per year of apprenticeship training is to be provided to each trainee. This can be increased by trade and craft standards or by program sponsors. Some industries require as much as 200 to 300 hours in related study.

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LCC Apprenticeship Contact Information

Lansing Community College - West Campus
Mail Code 4100W, Room W159
P. O. Box 40010
Lansing, Michigan 48901-721

West Campus

Wendy M. Smith, Trades Technology Services Director
Phone: (517) 483-1132
E-mail: smithw14@lcc.edu

Dani LaFleur, Work-Based Learning Coordinator
Phone: (517) 483-1385
E-mail: lafleurd@lcc.edu

Wyn Wilson,  IT & Electrical Apprenticeship Coordinator
Phone: (517) 483-1157
E-mail: wilsonjw@lcc.edu

Marlys Longanbach, Apprenticeship Support
Phone: (517) 483-9809
E-mail: longanbm@lcc.edu

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