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Apprenticeships

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Earn, learn and start a career as an apprentice at Drexel University.

Are you ready to begin a career that offers great wages, stability and advancement? Lack the necessary skills, certification and knowledge to begin working in a new industry? Apprenticeships connect you to employment opportunities immediately in a new industry. Cybersecurity and healthcare are two in-demand and growing industries that need skilled talent with or without a traditional degree.

Why Choose an Apprenticeship?

Employer Driven: An apprenticeship is essentially a job. You will be hired by a Drexel employer partner.

On the Job Learning: Each apprentice will be assigned a mentor as they receive on the Job Learning.

Related Technical Instruction: Drexel University’s College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) provides the educational component of the apprenticeship program.

Annual Wage Increases: Apprentices will earn wage increases as they learn new skills, experience on the job training and earn IT certifications.

National Credentials: The apprenticeship results in a nationally recognized credential from the Department of Labor certifying that the apprentice is fully qualified for their occupation.

Career Insights

Apprenticeship programs connect individuals to promising new careers AND help companies solve their talent development needs.

Looking for a new career?

Are you ready to begin a career that offers great wages, stability and advancement? Lack the necessary skills, certification and knowledge to begin working in a new industry Apprenticeships connect you to employment opportunities immediately in a new industry. Cybersecurity and healthcare are two in-demand and growing industries that need skilled talent with or without a traditional degree.

Does your organization have a need for tough to find or tough to retain talent?

 

Consider the benefits of an apprenticeship program. For every $1 invested in an apprenticeship program, organizations realize an average return of $1.47 according to a 2022 from NationalApprenticeship.org; making apprenticeship a cost effective source of talent acquisition. Also, an investment in an apprenticeship program IS an investment in organizational retention at all levels. According to the US Department of Labor, 92% of apprentices retain employment after apprenticeship ends.

Apprenticeship Programs

  • Cybersecurity Support Technician

    The Cybersecurity Support Technician apprenticeship prepares you to begin working in the in-demand and high paying cybersecurity industry as a Cybersecurity Support Technician. Cybersecurity Support Technicians play an essential role in safeguarding all aspects of their employers’ information technology systems. They are tasked with monitoring, directing, containing and remediating information technology threats for the protection of computer networks and company information. Cybersecurity professionals demonstrate broad expertise and may be additionally tasked with anything from installing, administering and troubleshooting security solutions to creating security policies and training documents for colleagues.

    Over the next decade, the need for digital skills will grow by 69% and so will the need for technology professionals. Factors like cloud computing, cybersecurity and data management are contributing to an increasing need for individuals with both IT skills and experience in the field.

    Apprenticeship Core Competencies

    Our program follows the national guidelines for apprenticeship standards for CompTIA that have been approved by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (US, DOL, ETA), Office of Apprenticeship (OA).

    Master cybersecurity support technician core competencies:

    • Basic Hardware
    • Basic Networking
    • Cloud and Virtualization Technologies
    • Operating System Basics
    • IT Security Basics
    • General IT Operations
    • Network Fundamentals
    • Network Implementations
    • Network Operations
    • Network Security
    • Network Troubleshooting
    • Threats, Attacks and Vulnerabilities
    • Architecture and Design
    • Implementation
    • Operations and Incident Response
    • Governance, Risk and Compliance
    • Business AcumenEmployability Skills

    Earn three CompTia® industry certifications: A+, Network + and Security + Related Technical Instruction (RTI) with three (3) Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) courses*:

    • Introduction to Computing and Security Technology
    • Information Technology Security I
    • Network Administration I

    *These courses are part of the (CCI) Computing and Security Technology, Bachelor of Science degree program. The competencies and certifications earned in the apprenticeships have been evaluated and approved for up to 15 credits in the Computing Security and Technology (CST) degree program.

    Cybersecurity Technician Apprentice Eligibility

    • Possess a high school or high school equivalency diploma
    • Must have completed:
      • One year of entry level IT employment, internship or pre-apprenticeship or
      • Possess at least one IT industry credential or
      • Have graduated from a CTE high school; or engaged IT related extra-curricular activities
    • Test at or above a 10th grade level on a standardized Reading and Math exam

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  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant

    Certified Clinical Medical Assistants are listed as one of Pennsylvania’s 2021 High Priority Occupations (HPOs2), a list generated to align workforce training and education investments with occupations that are in demand by employers, have higher skill needs and are most likely to provide family sustaining wages.

    By definition, a certified clinical medical assistant (CCMA) is any medical assistant that has received and has met the certification requirements set by the National Healthcareers Association. According to the NHA, certified clinical medical assistants are cross-trained to perform administrative and clinical duties. Some examples of duties include:

    Sample Clinical Duties

    • Taking medical histories
    • Explaining treatment procedures to patients
    • Preparing patients for examinations
    • Assisting the physician during examinations
    • Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens
    • Performing basic laboratory tests
    • Transmitting prescription refills as directed
    • Phlebotomy
    • Taking electrocardiograms
    • Wound care and changing dressings

    Sample Administrative Duties

    • Welcoming patients and scheduling appointments
    • Updating and filing patient medical records
    • Coding and filling out insurance forms
    • Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services
    • Handling correspondence, billing and bookkeeping

    Certified Clinical Medical Assistants can be found working in clinics, private practices, hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities across the country. With the high demands placed on healthcare facilities and the increased regulations and guidelines of the industry, certified medical assistants are more in demand than ever and the demand is expected to keep growing.

    Please note, this apprenticeship is currently in development. Updated information on this program will be posted once it has been finalized.

    In the meantime, for more information and to speak to an apprenticeship expert please contact us at apprenticeships@drexel.edu.

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Contact Us

For more information and to speak to an apprenticeship expert, please contact us apprenticeships@drexel.edu

FAQs

How much does an apprenticeship cost?

There is no cost to enroll and be accepted as a student apprentice*

How long is a registered apprenticeship?

Drexel’s registered apprenticeships are competency based, with most apprentices completing the apprenticeship in two years or less.

Do I need to have a degree to become an apprentice?

No. Employers are seeking talent that can work immediately, gain new skills and competencies and learn while on the job. Previous college credits, earned certifications and experience will be assessed to determine eligibility.

Workforce Development Programs

Are you unemployed or under skilled and need to advance your career or start a new one? You could be eligible for little or no cost enrollment through workforce funded programs. Contact us to learn more.

Registered Apprenticeships are funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry PA Smart Grant.