AASA and U.S. Dept. of Labor Partner to Launch Apprenticeship Awareness Program


James Minichello
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Initiative Aims to Promote Apprenticeships in K-12 Education

Alexandria, Va. – July 30, 2019 – Today, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced it is partnering with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to raise awareness on youth apprenticeships as a viable and expansive pathway to success in career and life for the students learning and growing in our nation’s public schools.

DOL’s efforts to grow and expand apprenticeships has resulted in more than a half million new apprentices since the beginning of 2017. In addition, more than 15 states currently have apprenticeship programs for youth or are working toward building programs, emphasizing that youth apprenticeships are a growing strategy for educating and preparing tomorrow’s workforce.

“Apprenticeships are an underutilized educational and workforce strategy with exceptional potential for all students,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “Apprenticeships provide a pipeline between the community, business leaders and local school systems which should work together in an ecosystem to enhance the career and post-secondary opportunities for young people. We’re working toward elevating educators’ understanding of apprenticeship as the foundation for youth to choose among multiple pathways that will make them productive members of thriving communities.”

AASA is developing a toolkit that will contribute to the national knowledge base for DOL. Once finished, the toolkit and other materials (case studies, videos) will be accessible at www.Apprenticeship.gov and www.AASA.org. These resources will support and encourage secondary educators to enhance existing programs or create new initiatives to provide pathways for students.

AASA will be in the field, visiting four school districts and their business partners this fall and spring, generating observations of best practice models and interviews with key stakeholders. AASA will produce a professional video highlighting each district’s apprenticeship model that will be part of the DOL Youth Apprenticeship Toolkit to be promoted and disseminated to districts across the country and linked to DOL’s Apprenticeship.gov website. AASA will also produce case studies highlighting these four successful apprenticeship programs.


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.