Essex County College and the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program are partnering to debut the Apprenticeship Bridge to College Credit program to provide people with ample pathways to careers.
The program is open to apprentices in the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program’s industrial manufacturing production technician program, making them eligible to earn up to eight credits during their time in the course and then offering direct access to ECCC upon completion.
After acquiring an Associates’s degree, students have the option to continue on at the New Jersey Institute of Technology working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology.
Patricia Moran, the director of apprenticeship programs at NJMEP, explained the importance of the program.
“We are making a push for apprenticeships and we are making a difference,” Moran said. “I am a huge believer that not all of us have to go to college and end up with a huge mountain of college debt. Today this is all about opportunities and pathways.”
“I started as a high school teacher and then I got involved with the community college system and then government,” Moran said. “I have been working on gaining college credit for this apprenticeship program.”
“The whole idea is to provide pathways to careers,” NJMEP President and CEO John Kennedy said. “When I owned my company, I would pay for employees who pursued degrees that are applicable to my business.”