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EDC Recognizes Apprenticeship Week

Photos (top left): Eric Lockwood of Northwood Technical College (blue shirt) helped coordinate a stop at Comar in Woodville, Wisconsin (top right): St. Croix EDC, CESA #11, and the Glenwood City school district visited Green Kleen Products during National Apprenticeship Week (bottom left) Students Emma McCorison and Owen Nyberg with head teller Kevin Hoeft (holding proclamation) and President, CEO and Chairman Todd Schultz (right) at River Falls State Bank (bottom right) The St. Croix EDC Business Retention Committee visited McDonalds in River Falls to recognize (l to r) student Kevin James, mentor Lori Hoeft and advisor Melisa Hansen.


The eighth annual National Apprenticeship Month was celebrated November 14-20, 2022. It is a nationwide celebration involving industry, labor, equity, workforce, education, civic, and government leaders.

The EDC helped showcase Youth Apprenticeships (YA) through school districts in the county and Registered Apprenticeships (RA) through Wisconsin’s technical colleges.

An apprenticeship provides real-life opportunities that cannot be duplicated in any other training program. They involve supervised, structured, on-the-job training and learning. With public school districts, YAs integrates school-based and work-based learning for students in employability and occupational skills, as defined by Wisconsin industries. Paid on-the-job work experience is an important part of YAs. RAs prepare skilled trades people (journey workers) to the workforce in Wisconsin. It is an earn-while-you-learn program of on-the-job training combined with trade-related classroom instruction.

St. Croix EDC made stops at River Falls State Bank (River Falls), McDonald’s (River Falls), Northside Power Equipment (Woodville), Green Kleen Products (Glenwood City), and Comar (Woodville).

Congratulations to the school districts, technical colleges, students, and employers for making the apprentice programs in the St. Croix Valley a strong and successful one.