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APPRENTICESHIP 2000 (Program Overview)

The Apprenticeship 2000 program is an award winning, 4-year technical training partnership in the Charlotte, NC region. The program was developed in 1995 to offer technical career opportunities to motivated high school students and employment after graduation. Apprenticeship 2000 partner companies provide onsite apprenticeships in various technical trades including mechatronics, tool & die, injection molding and CNC machining. The 8000 hour training program spans four years.  During this time apprentices earn an Associate in Applied Science degree from Central Piedmont Community College.  Students enrolled in the program are paid and their tuition is covered.  Graduates of the program are guaranteed employment upon graduation and a minimum salary of $36,000 per year.  Additionally, apprentices are awarded a Journeyman’s Card and Certificate by the State of North Carolina and a Certificate from the US Department of Labor.  

The program targets eligible juniors and seniors from CMS high schools.  To be considered for an apprenticeship students should have completed courses in algebra and geometry and maintain a minimum unweighted 2.8 GPA.  See below for additional details on how to apply.


Apprenticeship 2000 participants are motivated high school students who are recommended to the program by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) Career Development Coordinators (CDCs), School Counselors, and Teachers.  Students should meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for the program: 

  • Must be a high school junior or senior 

  • Hold a minimum unweighted 2.8 GPA

  • Must have taken Algebra 1 and at least another math class (recommended: Algebra 2, Statistics, Calculus, Geometry or higher level math)

  • Good attendance (No more than 5 absences per year)

  • Recommended course completion in Physics, Drafting, Computer Application courses and/or engineering courses 

  • Interested in hands-on, experiential learning

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