SCHUNK exports success model of dual vocational training, SCHUNK, March 09th, 2017.

Wake Tech and NCTAP Host First State-Wide Apprenticeship Summit, Wake Tech Newsroom, January 15th, 2016.

Jan Matzeliger Revolutionized Global Shoemaking, Investor's Business Daily, January 15th, 2016

SCHUNK Recognized for Apprenticeship Program in North Carolina, Manufacturing News, January 1st, 2016

Training the U.S. Workforce for the Twenty-First Century, AICGS, December 9th, 2015.

Apprenticeship Model Expands in North Carolina, Modern Machine Shop, November 30th, 2015.

VGCC and Dill Air Controls Products join forces with Apprenticeship program, VGCC News Room, November 19th, 2015

NC Triangle Apprenticeship Program Provides Working World Experience to Students, TWC News, Novermber 6th, 2015

Putting Design in the Driver’s Seat, Mold Making Technology, August  1st, 2015, (article on Apprenticeship 2000 partner AmeriTech).

Duke survey: Jobs go unfilled because execs can't find qualified workers, WRAL TechWire, September 10th, 2015.

BHS Senior Working Her Way to Success, Franklin County Schools News, September 2nd, 2015

7 Triad employers establish 'career accelerator' apprenticeship programTriad Business Journal, September 1st, 2015.

High school apprenticeship program to be announced, The Times-News of Burlington, NC, August 26th, 2015.

U.S. Labor Secretary visits apprenticeship program in Mooresville, Charlotte Observer, June 30th, 2015.

Why Are So Many Employers Unable To Fill Jobs?, The Daily Signal, April 6th, 2015.

CPCC & Cummins Inc. Technical Apprenticeship Program, CPCC Youtube Video, April 2016.

A Third Way Past Student Loans, The American Spectator, March 31st, 2015.

Welding training a hot ticket to in-demand jobs, WRAL, March 27th, 2015.

New Wake Tech center features advanced manufacturing courses, Raleigh News & Observer, March 10th, 2015.

Senate Bill Proposes Tax Credits For Apprentices, Forbes, March 6th, 2015.

Q&A: Wake Tech Pres. Scott on what apprenticeship programs need to succeed, Triangle Business Journal, February 20th, 2015.

Nurturing a Skilled Workforce Through Apprenticeships, US Department of Labor Blog,  February 12th, 2015.

Doing Good and Doing Well, USDOL Newsletter, February 12th, 2015.

US Labor Secretary Pushes $100 Million In Apprenticeship Grants, WUNC, February 12th, 2015.

North Carolina Apprenticeship Programs Highlighted During U.S. Labor Secretary's Visit, NC Department of Commerce, February 11th, 2015.

Something Obama and McCrory can agree on: Apprentices, Triangle Business Journal, February 11th, 2015.

US Labor Secretary tours NC plant to discuss apprenticeships, WNCN, February 11th, 2015.

US Labor Secretary touts apprenticeships in Cary, News & Observer, February 11th, 2015.

You're Hired: Apprenticeship program gathers steam among Triangle businesses (Slideshow), Triangle Business Journal,  February 6th, 2015.

You're Hired: Apprenticeship program gathers steam among Triangle businesses (Article), Triangle Business Journal,  February 6th, 2015.

Image of the day: Buhler Aeroglide Apprenticeship, Triangle Business Journal, January 29th, 2015.

So bauen Schweizer Firmen im Ausland ihre eigene Berufslehre auf, Aargauer  Zeitung, January 14th, 2015.

Short on workers, a Swiss company trains them stateside,, January 13th, 2015.

Siemens baut auf die Jugend - Neues Ausbildungszentrum in Zürich,  Neue Zürcher Zeitung, November 27th, 2014. (Siemens Switzerland announces its funding of a technical training center to increase the number of apprentices.)

The Angry Philanthropist (Interview with former Intel CEO Andrew Grove),  The Philanthropy Roundtable, details on vocational training efforts from The Grove Foundation.

CNN Video on Apprenticeship 2000, November 17th, 2014

CNN spotlights Apprenticeship 2000 program, Charlotte Business Journal, November 17th, 2014

Northwest Arkansas businesses, colleges respond to workforce shortages
, The Fort Smith City Wire, October 1st, 2014.

Swiss students reverse apprenticeship program, train at Daetwyler in Huntersville, Charlotte Business Journal,  September 23rd, 2014.

Bühler Aeroglide Launches Apprenticeship Program
, Powder & Bulk Solids, September 4th, 2014.

Skills Gap Bumps Up Against Vocational Taboo, Wall Street Journal, September 12th, 2014.

Why Is It So Hard for Employers To Fill These Jobs, the Daily Signal, August 23rd, 2014.

Apprentices plan to skip college, go straight to work, Triangle Business Journal, August 2014, featuring NCTAP apprentices

Why an apprenticeship may be a faster ticket to the American dream than a college degree
, PBS Newshour, June 4th, 2014.

Apprenticeships: Beating the Skills Gap - Grow Your Own Talent!, NPES June July 2014 newsletter, pp. 8-9, featuring NCTAP Partner Madern USA.

Out of Inventory - Skills Shortage Threatens Growth for US Manufacturing, Accenture 2014 Manufacturing Skills and Training Study, Accenture, May 2014.

Tapping into Talent, (article about NCTAP) MoldMaking Technology, May 1st, 2014, featuring NCTAP partner Superior Tooling.

A Proven Model for Apprenticeships, (article about Apprenticeship 2000) MoldMaking Technology, May 1st, 2014

Welders Make $150,000? - Bring Back Shop Class, Wall Street Journal, April 22, 2014

A College Degree Does Not Make You a Million Dollars, Ludwig von Mises Institute, April 11th, 2014

Minnesota needs more vocational students to build the future, MPRNEWS, April, 2014

Apprenticeships, North-Carolina Style, The Fabricator, April 2014

NC Governor Pat McCrory visits with NCTAP Candidates, Press Release, March 20th, 2014

Apprenticeship misconceptions dispelled, UK Business Link, March 11th, 2014

Where Factory Apprenticeship is Latest Model from Germany, New York Times, November 30th, 2013

Can't Find Skilled Workers? Start an Apprentice Program
, Wall Street Journal, January 16th, 2014

Five Reasons Expanding Apprenticeships will Benefit Millenials
, Ideas Lab, January 2nd, 2014
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Minnesota Lawmakers Consider Solution for College Debt and Unemployment
, Buhler Apprenticeship program, Channel 5 News, January 1st, 2014

SCHUNK's SDH Hand Rings the NASDAQ Closing Bell for Launch of ROBO-STOX(TM) Global Robotics and Automation Index ETF, ThomasNet News, November 11th, 2013. (see this link for video of bell ringing)

Recasting high school, German firms transplant apprentice model to U.S., Washington Post, November 10th, 2013.

How Made in the USA is Making a Comeback
, Time, April 11th, 2013

NCTAP Gears Up for November Student Applications, NCTAP Press Release, October 29th, 2013.

Apex-based ATI Breaks Ground on Expansion
, Cary News, October 23rd, 2013.

North Carolina Triangle Apprenticeship Program (NCTAP) Meeting held at SCHUNK on September 26, 2013,
Thomas Net News, September 27th, 2013.

Apprenticeship Catawba: Companies offer great opportunity to high schoolers,
Hickory Record, September 13th, 2013.

Apprenticeships ensure that young people in Switzerland are employable, Quartz, September 10th, 2013

Bühler Inc. Apprenticeship Academy, Bühler's apprenticeship program in Plymouth, MN, September, 2013

Deutsches Amerika, Handelsblatt, September 3rd, 2013 (in German)

Die Schweiz macht Schule, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, August 19th, 2013 (in German)

Dual Training Made in Austria – the Blum Apprenticeship 2000 Program, OST Austria, August 2013

Triangle Business Journal article on NCTAP, June 7th, 2013

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NCTriangle Apprenticeship Program   ... the degree that pays ... the other four-year degree

NCTAP's Founding Chairman invited to the White House

On September 8th I had the privilege to represent NCTAP at the national ApprenticeshipUSA Leader summit. It  verified that we are on the right track and probably far beyond a lot of the other programs. Therefore let’s keep going and increase the number of companies as well as apprentices in the next few years. While there I met again a very enthusiastic USDOL Secretary Perez. He spoke several times about “Apprenticeships, the other college, but without the debt”. I think this sentence is a very strong one and we should use it frequently in all our communication channels. At the end of the meeting Vice President Biden spoke to the audience. He had a very inspiring speech and supports the Apprenticeship movement a lot.  Lukas Schoenwetter, founding Chairman, NCTAP

Left: NCTAP co-founder and Vice Chairman Kent Misegades accepted in early February NC Governor  McCrory's nomination to a seat in the new NCWorks Commission, which recommends policies and strategies that enable the state's workforce and businesses to compete in the global economy. "I look forward to accelerating the growth of high-end apprenticeships such as NCTAP across the state as a member of the NCWorks Commission", Misegades said.  This is not the first time he served the state of North Carolina as an advisor. Misegades previously held a position on the Board of Directors at the NC Global Transpark in Kinston due to his experience in aircraft manufacturing and as a lifelong pilot.

2016 Summit a Success -  Organized by NCTAP and hosted by Wake Tech's Advanced Manufacturing Center on January 8th, the 2016 Summit meeting of manufacturing apprenticeships was a great success, attracting over 100 leaders from industry, education and government. See this press release from Wake Tech. Thanks to everyone for attending, and to Wake Tech for hosting this first-ever event.Pictures (Flickr) from Bob Witchger, NCCCS.     Pictures (Dropbox) from Natalie Heath, Wake Tech.   ZIPPED FILE OF ALL PRESENTATIONS.   Summary from Roundtable Discsussions (PDF).