Youth Apprenticeship

High school students are accepted into the program prior to their junior or senior year.

Youth Apprenticeship (YA) students must fulfill their high school requirements and complete industry-related secondary education coursework or advanced placement courses at their high school, while being employed in their chosen program area.

Upon completion (450 work hours/year) of the program, these young people are better prepared to continue working toward their chosen career field and have gained valuable skills necessary to be successful in the Wisconsin workforce.


  1. Agriculture, food and natural resources
  2. Architecture and construction
  3. Arts, audiovisual technology and communications
  4. Finance
  5. Health science
  6. Hospitality, lodging and tourism
  7. Information technology
  8. Manufacturing
  9. Marketing
  10. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
  11. Transportation, distribution and logistics

How do I apply?

  • Applications will be accepted starting in January.

  • Fill out all areas of the application and then send to Lindsey Petasek at the Greater Green Bay Chamber.

  • Interviews with interested employers will then be scheduled from February to May until all students have been placed with employers.

  • CNA applicants will be contacted in spring so they can schedule their CNA class that must take place over the summer unless their school has a CNA program. 

*Applications will be accepted throughout the school year if job placement has been solidified and related coursework has been scheduled.

For other questions, please contact Lindsey Petasek at 920.593.3406 or

“I believe this is a wonderful program for kids that know what profession they want to get into. It not only gives them work experience in the real world, it also provides more learning opportunities at NWTC. My son has grown in the working world and has put to use his skills he learned in school. It truly gives kids confidence and motivation to pursue their interests. A fantastic opportunity for kids!”
Parent of Transportation program Youth Apprentice


"Through the Youth Apprenticeship program, our organization is able to collaborate with area schools and the Greater Green Bay Chamber to develop the future workforce. We are providing an opportunity for students to get some on-the-job training, which will benefit the community and we may be looking at a potential future employee!"
Bruce Bartel, treatment manager at NEW Water, Green Bay

Other advantages

  • Build your resume with real world, on the job experience

  • Strengthen your college and scholarship applications

  • Earn advanced standing credits for a technical college or university

  • Earn a state-recognized certificate of occupational proficiency upon completion


Lindsey Petasek
Youth Apprenticeship manager


Emily Bangen
Youth Apprenticeship manager