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Project Hire-Ed Apprenticeship Program

Project Hire-Ed

Working together, we can build a bridge between hiring and education to help employers find the right talent for their organizations and teach our students the skills employers are looking for.

College of DuPage is working with business leaders to develop strategies to close the gap and ensure our local workforce is prepared to perform.

Apprenticeship programs provide hands-on training to an employee while gaining necessary competency. They offer skills in a particular occupation, help connect to a career pathway, and combine on-the-job training with appropriate instruction. It is commonly referred to as an “Earn and Learn” model. Gradually the apprentice acquires new proficiencies, builds workplace skills, and reaches set milestones.


  • Build a stronger workforce
  • Increase skills with incumbent workers or new hires
  • Invest in your employees and increase employee morale
  • Wage increases help motivate employees
  • Higher employee loyalty and higher retention
  • Bring value to your company and value to your employees
  • Improve productivity and meet employer’s needs

  • Apprentice is employed, earns income while attending College of DuPage
  • Apprentice receives benefits of full-time employment
  • Apprentice receives wage increases as skills increase or set milestones are reached
  • Employer pays for the full cost of the student’s program courses, labs and fees
  • Apprentice begins a career and earns college credits
  • Apprentice graduates with no college debt


Contact Information

Project Hire-Ed
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 942-2953