Inside Higher Ed has a great look at an apprentice program started at Old Dominion University that allows students to earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering while also working full-time as an apprentice at a local shipyard.
Students take classes one to two days a week and spend the rest of the week at the shipyard; apprenticeships may last from four to eight years. They also receive free tuition, books and a job upon graduation.
Apprenticeships have recently surged in popularity again, and are often seen as more valuable than an internship due to the formal on-the-job training. A recently released ACE brief explored how apprenticeships are becoming a hot topic in American higher education.