Waubonsee Community College will offer a new degree program designed to help carpentry apprentices translate their specialized education and work experience to date into a college degree.

On March 18, the Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees approved the new Construction Technology Professional Associate in Applied Science Degree program.

Administered in partnership with the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, the program will allow those completing the council’s four-year registered apprenticeship program to earn 45 college credits based on their apprenticeship classroom training and on-the-job learning. When combined with 15 semester hours of traditional college course work in communications, the humanities, mathematics, physical science and social and behavioral science, participants in this program will be eligible to earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree through Waubonsee.

The Construction Technology Professional program is scheduled to begin accepting students for the Fall 2015 semester.

The program is the result of extensive research conducted by Suzette Murray, Waubonsee’s Assistant Vice President of Career and Technical Education, and Michael Cermak, Dean for Business and Career Technologies.

It follows Waubonsee’s commitment in 2014 to become a member of the Registered Apprenticeship-College Consortium (RACC), a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education.

RACC member institutions have agreed to partner with others in a network of colleges and registered apprenticeship programs operated by unions and others to provide greater college-to-career opportunities and create an accelerated pathway for those enrolled in registered apprenticeship programs to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees.

Waubonsee’s involvement in RACC helped facilitate its partnership with the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, Cermak said.

For more information on the program, contact the Waubonsee Division of Business and Career Technologies at (630) 466-7900, ext. 2263.

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