Youth Apprenticeship Program

Youth Apprenticeship Program

Your future, your choice, GET PAID while gaining relevant work experience

Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship Program

Youth Apprenticeship is a school-to-work program targeting high school juniors and seniors to help them make the connections between school and the world of work. Students participating in YA may choose to do a one or two year program that combines academic and technical classroom instruction with a paid work experience. A minimum of 450 hours of mentored on-the-job learning is required for a one year program and a minimum of 900 hours is required for a two year program. The YA program is administered by the Department of Workforce Development in partnership with the Department of Public Instruction, the Wisconsin Technical College System, Wisconsin businesses, industry and labor associations, and local school districts.

Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship Program is coordinated locally by the Central Wisconsin School-To-Career Partnership and Mid-Wisconsin School-To-Work Partnership, and local school districts.

Statewide Program Areas

  • Auto Collision
  • Auto Technician
  • Biotechnology
  • Drafting & Design/Architecture
  • Drafting & Design/Engineering
  • Drafting & Design/Mechanical Design
  • Financial Services
  • Graphic Arts/Printing
  • Health Services
  • Information Technology/Computer Science
  • Information Technology/Networking
  • Industrial Equipment
  • Insurance
  • Lodging Management
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing/Machining
  • Manufacturing/Plastics
  • Manufacturing/Production Technician
  • Production Agriculture
  • Tourism
  • Welding

For more information, please visit the Department of Workforce Development

Students interested in the program should see their high school counselor.   


Reasons Businesses Should Hire an MSTC Graduate

Employer-based program advisory committees
88% of us work in-state following graduation
We are tech savvy
We have the soft skills you desire
We receive skills/insight from industry leaders
You get a high-quality and job-ready employee

Frequently Asked Admissions Questions


Is there an Application for Admission deadline?

MSTC continuously accepts applications for admission.

Do college graduates still need to provide high school transcripts?

Yes, but only if your program requires transcripts.

I applied to MSTC in the past. Do I need to repay my application fee?

The $30 application fee is a one-time fee.

How do I apply to a program?

Click on How to Apply above to get started!

When can I take the Accuplacer?

The Accuplacer is offered on a daily basis

What are official transcripts?

Official transcripts are transcripts with the school's seal sent directly from the school you attended previously.

Do I need to be admitted to a program to take classes at MSTC?

No. Anyone can register for most General Studies classes.

Do I need to take an entrance assessment to be admitted to MSTC & my program?

MSTC requires most new students to complete the Accuplacer prior to acceptance into a program.

Will a GED or HSED be accepted in lieu of a high school diploma?

Yes. Contact the institution that awarded your GED/HSED and have them send your test scores directly to MSTC.

Is there a fee to take the Accuplacer?

Yes. There is a $20 fee to take the Accuplacer.

How does MSTC tuition compare to tuition for a four-year public university?

On average, an MSTC education costs 45% less than two years at a public university.

If I’ve taken the Accuplacer or ACT in the past, can MSTC use those scores?

Yes. The scores can be used if the test has been taken within the past five years.

How do I know if I’ve been admitted to a program?

Once you have completed all admissions requirements, you will receive a letter indicating you have been accepted.

MSTC needs a copy of my transcripts. Can I send a copy of the one I have?

No. MSTC requires all transcripts to be official.