The Apprenticeship Program is an on-the-job training program for High School juniors and seniors who work on the professional performances that come through the VPAC. Students are given the opportunity to work hands-on with industry professionals in all areas of the performing arts from lighting and sound, to house management, and patron relations’ while also learning valuable life skills about responsibility, time management, collaboration, and teamwork. These skills are not only applicable in the performing arts but in any field, the students choose to follow upon graduation. These skills cover the 4Cs that have been laid out as the 21st Century themes that students need to learn to be successful in the workplace- Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity (http://www.battelleforkids.org/networks/p21/frameworks-resources).
Apprentices are required to submit an application and interview for a position in the apprenticeship program. Once chosen, apprentices must commit to 16 hours of initial training, working on at least one professional performance a month, and attending a monthly apprentice class and continuing training workshop.
Students who have graduated from the apprenticeship program have gone on to work for the stagehands union, ITASE, and work as managers for local bands. Students have studied both performing arts and non-performing arts-related degrees at colleges and universities.
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