In this series of stories, we speak with VU students and alumni about their life-changing apprenticeship experiences.
Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) Program
Advanced Manufacturing Automation Technology major
The AMT program blends classroom and lab instruction with onsite experience. It includes a two-year associate degree that combines cutting-edge curriculum, paid working experience, along with learning highly sought-after business principles and best practices of world-class manufacturers such as Toyota, Hershey, and Berry Global. VU students earn a wage while attending college and gain priceless hands-on experience with a global manufacturing leader. Over two years, students can earn as much as $40,000 in salary, which with planning can cover all of their education expenses.
What were you doing before you enrolled at VU?
I was attending Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis. I spent two years there pursuing degrees in forensic biology, forensic chemistry, biology, and chemistry.
Why did you pursue an apprenticeship?
I pursued this apprenticeship because I wanted to change majors but I didn’t really know what I wanted. My dad had heard of the program and got contact information to me.
Describe your apprenticeship and what you do.
My apprenticeship has gone really well so far. I’ve met some amazing people and learned things I never thought I would. In my apprenticeship, I work two days a week at Toyota with a mentor who is preparing me for my job in industrial maintenance.
How is your apprenticeship preparing you for your future career path?
My apprenticeship is preparing me by allowing me to make connections between the classroom and the industry.
What do you hope your apprenticeship will offer you in the future?
My apprenticeship will make me more appealing to employers.
How do you balance your university studies and your work at Toyota?
The program is set up with a work/school balance in mind so I haven’t had much difficulty with that. We don’t get much homework or projects to do outside of class so that helps my time management as well.
What advice would you give someone who is considering joining an apprenticeship program?
If you’re considering joining an apprenticeship program, I highly recommend it. It’s a great way to graduate with less debt due to the money you’ll make while working and the many different grants that are available.
Explore VU’s website at www.vinu.edu for more information about apprenticeship programs or contact the VU Admissions Office.
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