National Apprenticeship Week is November 8–14 and South Central College (SCC) is celebrating by sharing success stories of the college’s Learn Work Earn program. “The Learn Work Earn program allows students to attend college while working in their chosen career field,” said Kelcey Woods-Nord, South Central College’s Apprenticeship and Internship Coordinator. “They gain real-world experience on the job and earn a competitive wage while simultaneously completing their degree.” Since 2016, SCC has partnered with employers to offer students opportunities to “Learn Work Earn” in the manufacturing, agribusiness and healthcare sectors.

“I had wanted to become a medical assistant, but I couldn’t afford to go back to school,” explains Grace Henke-Raatz, a Department Specialist at the Mankato Clinic. “When the Clinic offered the opportunity for current employees to go to school for free while also working in the field, I knew I needed to try. I applied and was accepted into the program in August 2019. I couldn’t believe it!”