Are you interested in pursuing a career in the trades?

Get hands-on training in DVC's pre-apprenticeship program - offered every spring! You'll join a cohort of students learning about construction processes and occupational health and safety principles. The program features field trips to union halls and construction sites, real job site experiences, and dedicated faculty and staff providing academic and career support.

DVC's pre-apprenticeship program gives its students a competitive advantage in their pursuit of a career in the trade of their choice. Students interested in a trade career pathway need to apply for an apprenticeship position at a local trade union, training institution, professional association, or employment agency/program in order to acquire specialized skills and on-the-job training and experience.

Landing an apprenticeship usually requires an applicant to pass a Math and English* proficiency exam and an in-person interview. The goal of DVC's Pre- Apprenticeship Program is to prepare you for this.

The application period for our spring 2024 Pre-apprenticeship program begins October 1.

If you are interested in participating in the Spring 2024 semester or learning more about the program, please complete our Spring 2024 Interest Form.

*Subjects featured on exams may differ depending on institution proctoring test

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Career opportunities

The pre-apprenticeship program will prepare you for a variety of apprenticeship programs, including:

  • Carpenter
  • Electrician
  • HVAC Technician
  • Ironworker
  • Laborer
  • Pipefitter
  • Plumber
  • Steamfitter
  • Welder


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