Apprenticeship Training | OCTC

Work and Learn

Our programs are designed for working adults who want a career that can sustain a family with options to grow. We have several programs that will accommodate work schedules and are paths into Manufacturing or Business careers.  They include the below options, but we are always looking to expand offerings for students or businesses who need to grow their workforce.

 

Our Commercial Driver's License (CDL) program is designed to prepare individuals with little or no commercial driving experience for an entry-level position in the trucking industry. Our focus is on developing safe, responsible drivers. This accelerated training program is provided by Owensboro Community & Technical College’s Workforce Solutions department.

Commercial Driver's License (CDL) program includes...

  • CDL Class A endorsement preparation
  • DOT Drug Screen and DOT Physical
  • Classroom, range and road instruction led by credentialed experienced trucking professional
  • 160 hours of training, 8 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday, for four weeks
  • Map reading, trip planning, and vehicle operation training
  • DOT rules, regulations and log books instruction
  • Class A road test administered by Kentucky State Police upon class completion
  • Certificate of completion

Program Entry Requirements

  • A high-school diploma or GED is not required
  • Individuals must be able to read, write and speak the English language; be able to meet the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) physical requirements; pass a drug screen; and have a valid driver’s license at the time of class registration.
  • Be 18 years of age*

* You may be accepted into the training course if you are 18 and over, but limited job placement assistance is available if you are under the age of 21.

Additional Information

You may register at any time; however, class size is limited. Enrollments are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Training is scheduled around holidays and interruptions caused by weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Students with a driver's license from outside of Kentucky should plan to enroll at least 30 days before their class begins.

The following may disqualify individuals:

  • Driving record inconsistent with industry standards for entry-level driving positions
  • History of drug or alcohol abuse
  • History of mental disorder
  • Permanent disability or other physical limitations

 

Course Fee - $4,200

  • Fee does not include: permit test ($24), permit ($61) or license ($61).
  • Steel toe work boots will not be supplied.
  • The Kentucky State Police road/skills retest fee is $52.50 for those that do not pass the first time.  

Payment Information

The $4,200 tuition covers instruction, DOT physical, DOT drug test, manual and log books needed for successful delivery of training.

Payment arrangements must be made before class begins. Pay by cash, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or cashier's check payable to OCTC. Personal checks are not accepted.

Financial Assistance

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and Vocational Rehabilitation programs.
OCTC is approved for veterans and/or dependent/spouse of a veteran to receive Veterans Educational Benefits. 


Refund Policy

Full refunds will be granted if the class is canceled by OCTC or the student officially withdraws before the first day of class. Partial refunds may be granted if requested in writing by the end of the second day of class or if the student does not pass DOT physical or drug test. No refunds will be granted if requested after the second day of class or if the student is dismissed for violating the class code of conduct. Non-attendance does not relieve the student of financial obligation or entitle the student to a refund.

To Register or For Questions

Call the Workforce Solutions office at 270-686-4444 or stop by the Downtown Campus at 1501 Frederica Street, Owensboro, KY 42301.

 

What is GO FAME?

GO FAME, the Greater Owensboro Chapter of KY FAME, is pleased to announce a new opportunity for those wanting to earn a great career and a college degree at the same time and with little or no college debt! KY FAME (Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education) is based on the nationally recognized Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) and Computerized Manufacturing and Machining (CMM) program. This work and earn model allows participating students to earn an industry recognized degree while gaining valuable work experience in a manufacturing company.

Interested GO FAME applicants must be high school graduates (or equivalency) and be willing to participate in the programs 40 hour per week, apprenticeship-style format. If selected, you will attend college two days a week while working three days a week at your sponsoring company. In as little as 18 months (5 semesters), you can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree. Plus, with the practical skills you gain during your paid work experience, you may get a full-time job with your sponsoring company. Or, you may decide to further your technical education to obtain a bachelors degree.

How does the GO FAME program work?

The GO FAME program blends classroom instruction with onsite work experience at the manufacturing facility of a sponsoring company. Classes will be offered at Owensboro Community and Technical Colleges Main Campus in Owensboro. As a student of the GO FAME program, you agree to:

Attend two full days of classroom instruction per week
Maintain a C or higher average in all classes to remain eligible
Work three days a week earning a wage set by your sponsoring company.


Who gets selected for GO FAME?

Along with the admission application, company personnel may review and select potential students on the following criteria:

Academic Success: measured through grades and class rank.
Math Capability: measured through test scores such as ACT, COMPASS, etc.
Drug Free: commitment to remaining absolutely drug free.


For more information or to apply to the GO FAME program, please contact katie.vincent@kctcs.edu or call 270-686-4444

What is Tech X?


TECHNICAL TRAINING:
  • HANDS-ON
  • SHORT TERM
  • DAY OR EVENING
  • GEARED TO ADULT  LEARNERS
  • MULTIPLE CAREER PATHS
  • FINANCIAL AID AND JOB PLACEMENT ADVISEMENT

OCTC's Tech X initiative is a multi-craft technologist program that offers hands-on training in a real-world, industrial environment. Tech X is short for “Tech eXpress” as this program can be completed in 7 to 9 months. 

Multi-Craft Technologists will be preparing for a journey into life-long learning and adjusting as technology changes. Foundations in Robotics, Machine Tool, Welding, Fabrication and Material Handling will be progressive and participating students will earn a Gas Welder Certificate, Arc Cutter Certificate, Production Line Welder Certificate and a Forklift Operators Certificate upon completion of the coursework.

Two tracks are offered that provide flexibility for a variety of non-traditional, time-challenged adults. The daytime option will allow students to attend classes eight hours per day, three days per week for a seven-month period. The evening option will allow students to attend classes four hours per evening, four nights per week for a nine-month period.

Students will also receive concierge-like services from a Career Navigator/Success Coach who will counsel them about financial aid and job placement options available to them.

For more information about OCTC's Tech X, please contact project director, Amee Payne by email amee.payne@kctcs.edu or call: 270-686-3786

What is Go Careers?

GO Careers focuses on non-manufacturing careers in Business.

Interested GO Careers applicants must be high school graduates (or equivalency) and be willing to participate in the programs 40 hour per week, apprenticeship-style format. If selected, you will attend college two days a week while working three days a week at your sponsoring company. In as little as 18 months (5 semesters), you can earn an Associates degree. Plus, with the practical skills you gain during your paid work experience, you may get a full-time job with your sponsoring company. Or, you may decide to further your business or health education to obtain a bachelors degree.

How does the GO Careers program work?

The GO Careers program blends classroom instruction with onsite work experience at the business or health facility of a sponsoring company. Classes will be offered at Owensboro Community and Technical Colleges Main Campus in Owensboro. As a student of the GO CAREERS program, you agree to:

Attend two full days of classroom instruction per week
Maintain a C or higher average in all classes to remain eligible
Work three days a week earning a wage set by your sponsoring company.


Who gets selected for GO CAREERS?

Along with the admission application, company personnel may review and select potential students on the following criteria:

Academic Success: measured through grades and class rank.
Math Capability: measured through test scores such as ACT, COMPASS, etc.
Drug Free: commitment to remaining absolutely drug free.

For more information or to apply to the GO CAREERS program, please contact katie.vincent@kctcs.edu or call 270-686-4444.

The IBEW Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee has requested that OCTC Workforce Solutions provide training to its apprentices preparing for the Journeyman Electrical state license. This training is comprised of five years of technical studies and on-the-job training. Workforce Solutions provides the technical training components which will prepare participants for high wage, competitive careers, while supporting the economic viability of the IBEW employer member affiliates - electrical contractors, public utilities, electrical equipment services, cable television and related telecommunication entities.

For more information about how your company or union can participate in an apprenticeship program,  call 270-686-4444

 

For more information about how your company or union can participate in an apprenticeship program,  call 270-686-4444