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Apprenticeships are a Proven Model

Recruit, train, and retain your highly-skilled information technology talent from a pool of 350 Information Technology graduates per year and more than 2,900 in the pipeline. ACC is well-prepared to assist you in building an apprenticeship program that best meets your business goals and workforce needs.

ACC will soon be certified as a Registered Apprenticeship sponsor for the following four occupations:

  • Application Developer (Software Development)
  • Computer Programmer
  • Network Support Technician
  • Help Desk Technician
  • Cybersecurity
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Data Supports Apprenticeships *

+ businesses that have integrated the apprenticeship model into their talent development strategy

%

of these same businesses that would recommend apprenticeship to others

%

of apprentices stay at their place of employment after their apprenticeship ends

* Department of Labor – Employer Fact Sheet

 

Apprenticeship Benefits for Businesses

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Stable, Reliable Pipeline

Ensure a stable, reliable pipeline of diverse, highly-skilled workers by “growing your own” through apprenticeships.

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Increase Employee Retention

91% of apprentices who complete an apprenticeship are still employed nine months later.

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Reduce Turnover

Reduce turnover rates, increase productivity, and lower the cost of recruitment.

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Increase Knowledge Transfer

Leverage knowledge transfer through on-the-job training and mentoring, combined with education courses customized to company needs.

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Systematic Approach to Training

Ensure employees are trained and certified to produce at the highest levels required for careers in Information Technology.

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Salary Support for Apprenticeship Wages

Reimbursement of a portion of an apprentice’s wages is available for companies that have fewer than 50 employees.

[T]here are a lot of jobs…that we cannot fill. By going and getting folks with two-year degrees and training them to exactly what we need, they can help fill that gap.
Dexter Henderson

Senior Location Executive/VP, IBM

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Required hallmarks of an apprenticeship program

Paid Work-based Component

  • Apprentices receive wages when they begin work, and pay increases as they meet benchmarks for skill attainment.

On-the-job Training and Mentorship

  • Apprentices work 2000 hours over the course of one to two years with experienced mentor oversight.
  • On-the-job training focuses on the skills and knowledge an apprentice must learn during the program to be fully proficient.
  • Training is based on national industry standards, customized to the needs of a particular employer.

Educational and Instructional Component

  • Apprentices obtain 144 hours of related technical instruction which may be provided by ACC in a time-based, competency-based, or a hybrid format.
  • ACC can either provide existing training that meets national standards for quality and rigor, or collaborate with businesses to develop the curriculum, which incorporates established national-level skill standards.
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Nationally-Recognized Credential

  • Upon completion of the registered apprenticeship, students receive a portable, industry-recognized credential from the Department of Labor, and may also earn a degree, certificate, or certification through Austin Community College.

 

Safety, Supervision, and Equal Employment Opportunity

  • Apprenticeship programs must have policies and procedures in place to ensure a safe working environment that adheres to all applicable Federal, state, and local safety, employment, and equal opportunity laws and regulations.

 

ACC Apprenticeshipable Occupations

Application Developer (Software Development)

Develop, create, and modify computer applications software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions. Design software or customize software for client use with the aim of optimizing operational efficiency. May analyze and design databases within an application area, working individually or coordinating database development as part of a team, and may also supervise computer programmers.

Credit Degrees & Certificates:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Software Development

Continuing Education:

  • App Development with Apple Swift and Software Developer Bootcamp

Computer Programmer

Create, modify, and test the code, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. may assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. may develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.

Credit Degrees & Certificates:

  • Computer Programming, AAS (with optional specializations in Software Testing or Web Programming)
  • App Development – Coding & Design Specialization, AAS, and IT Applications Specialization, AAS
  • App Development – Coding & Design Specialization, Levels 1 & 2 Certifications, and App Development – Swift Level 1 Certificate
  • Computer Programming, Level 1 Certificate (Tracks include C++, Data Science, Java, Software Testing, and Web Developer Specialist)

Continuing Education:

  • App Dev. with Apple Swift, Java Programming, and Software Developer Bootcamp

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity specialists detect, prevent and correct threats to the security of company networks. They might implement defense measures such as firewalls and encryption to protect an organization’s computer network from viruses and cyber-attacks. They may also monitor networks for threats, and investigate, report, and mitigate damage from security breaches.

Credit Degrees & Certificates:

  • LANS Cybersecurity Specialization, AAS

Continuing Education:

  • CISSP Certification Preparation
Network Support Technician

Install, configure, and support an organization’s local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists, and may administer network security measures.

Credit Degrees & Certificates:

  • Local Area Network Systems – Cybersecurity Specialization, AAS or Local Area Network Systems – Network Admin., AAS
  • Local Area Network Systems – Network Administration, Level 1 Certificate

Continuing Education:

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate certification (CCNA)
  • Network + certification course

Help Desk Technician

Provide technical assistance to computer users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, or via telephone or electronically. May  provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, email, and operating systems.

Credit Degrees & Certificates:

  • IT User & Computer Support Specialization, AAS
  • IT User & Computer Support, Level 1 Certificate

Continuing Education:

  • PC Technician / CompTIA

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Employer Resources

Helpful Links to Learn More about Apprenticeships

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Department of Labor Apprenticeship site

Learn about Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship and Registered Apprenticeship programs and policies.

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Employer page of Apprenticeship.gov site

Promote your open apprenticeship jobs, learn about apprenticeship as a workforce solution, connect with partners.

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Texas Workforce Commission site

TWC Employer Apprenticeship resource page. Covers topics such as Smart Business Investment, Training, and Funding.

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