from the Penticton Herald:
An innovative apprenticeship program piloting at Okanagan College aims to help Electricians reduce time away from work and home while training.
The Electrician Apprenticeship Level I Blended Program is a new 17-week program that will deliver training through a combination of on-campus and online learning. The online component will cut in-class training time in half. Apprentices in the blended program will spend five weeks on campus, as opposed to ten weeks in a traditional program.
Carlo Langlois will be among the first students to step into blended program.
“The blended format really makes a lot of sense to me,” Langlois said. “Five weeks away from work is easier on the wallet than ten. I have a young family to support so I’m excited about the prospect of fast-paced training so I can get back to work as quick as possible.”
The program will be based out of the College’s new state-of-the-art electrical labs, which officially opened last fall.
“This new program offers apprentices the best of both worlds,” says Steve Moores, the College’s Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship. “They get the convenience of learning some of the theoretical principles online, and then they can step into the lab to get hands on training with our instructors and the latest equipment.”