PSE has been involved in the Washington Public School Classified Employees Apprenticeship (JATC) Committee program since its inception in 1987. The program has grown from three original job occupations to 15 today. The JATC is working with the Washington State Paraeducator Board and the Board for Community and Technical Colleges to recognize apprenticeship as one pathway to meet the new Paraeducator requirements.
What is an apprenticeship?
Simply put, apprenticeship is a structured, paid, on-the-job training program combined with classroom instruction all administered by a specific set of standards. New paraeducator apprentices normally enroll in one of two programs: Instructional Assistant or Educational Paraprofessional. Individuals who complete the two programs can receive a transferable Associate of Arts (AA) degree.
PSE apprenticeship programs are currently operating in Auburn, Mount Vernon, and Sedro-Woolley school districts.
Approved Apprenticeship Programs:
- Accounts Payable Clerk
- Administrative Assistant
- Child Care Assistant/Associate I
- Child Care Site Coordinator/Associate II
- Educational Paraprofessional
- Facilities Custodial Services Technician I
- Facilities Custodial Services Technician II
- Food Service Assistant
- Food Service Manager
- Food Service Technician
- Instructional Assistant
- Library Technician
- Payroll Clerk
- School Computer Technician I, II, and III
- School Health Technician
- Secretary (Clerical)
For more information, contact PSE Field Representative Tim Busch at 360-755-3295.