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Free/Paid Training Programs & Apprenticeships for HS Graduates

What Post-Secondary Educational Opportunities FIT for you and your CAREER PLAN?
At QVHS, we want students to be aware of the various post-secondary options available to them in our region.  Information on local opportunities is posted below.  Additional information will be added as it becomes available.  See Mrs. Keller with questions or assistance in getting connected. [email protected]

Tech is the fastest-growing industry in the world. Apprenti's unique apprenticeship program puts candidates on a straightforward, step-by-step fast track toward a career in tech while earning money along the way.

Click HERE to learn more and to apply.



The Local Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JATC) is an affiliated provider of education for the Community College of Allegheny County. We offer seven apprenticeship programs through the JATC:
  • The CCAC Carpentry Apprenticeship Program
  • Electrical Construction Technology (ECT) Program
  • Heavy Equipment Operating (HEO) Engineers Apprenticeship Program
  • Ironworker Apprenticeship Program
  • Plumber Apprenticeship Program
  • Sheet Metal Worker Apprenticeship Program
  • Stationary Operating Engineer
Click HERE for complete details.

Click HERE to watch a 30 minute presentation and Q & A with apprentices to learn more. 

Click HERE to view the website.  German American Chambers of Commerce Apprenticeship Programs are an innovative and industry-led approach to education. Benchmarked on the German Dual Education System, they are the gold standard of a practical educational model developed in conjunction with technology leaders. They generally combine practice, theory and work to train a globally competitive workforce. Companies get a tailored training program, greater employee loyalty and access to a high-quality candidate pool.   The German american Chamber's program has now expanded to include four different apprenticeship modules with eighteen companies.  Email Mrs. Keller ([email protected]) with any questions.



Click HERE for more information and to apply.

MANUFACTURING 2000 (M2K), a PA State Registered Pre-Apprenticeship program, offers entry-level machinist training to qualified applicants at no charge. The program supplies area manufacturers with employees to replace their aging workforce and strengthen Southwestern Pennsylvania’s economy. M2K, a program of New Century Careers, has been made possible through the efforts of area manufacturers, educators, foundations, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the US Department of Justice and the US Department of Labor.


M2K classes are offered at New Century Careers’ training space on Pittsburgh’s South Side and at Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center in Latrobe. The program provides 3 levels of training up to 600 hours.  M2K’s ultimate goal is to place trained students in full-time positions with Southwestern Pennsylvania companies. Students will work with NCC Staff to prepare a resume and work on interview skills. The student will work closely with our staff to search for a job with one of our manufacturing partners.  We work closely with each student to find appropriate employment.  



Click HERE for more information.  The Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship through Catalyst Connections helps entry-level workers in manufacturing quickly enhance their skills and advance with their current employer. Due to changing manufacturing technologies, entry-level workers require higher skills than before and employers are struggling to recruit and retain these type of workers. The IMT program is a state registered apprenticeship to help meet these employer needs. Email Mrs. Keller ([email protected]) with any questions.



Pennsylvania Shell Ethylene Cracker Plant, Potter Township, Beaver County, PA

$50-$85K, Health Care, Daily travel Per-Diem

Full time positions available.

Looking for those with experience in: Sheet Metal Industry / HVAC / Insulation / Industrial Lagging

  • Must pass: Background Check, Drug Screen, Covid-19 Test.
  • Must have: Valid Driver’s License, Reliable transportation.
  • Must be: Physically able to perform all tasks.

Contact: Sheet Metal Workers Local #12 (412) 828-5300  

Chuck Greer, Local #12 Marketing Representative (412) 889-2360 [email protected]



Looking for an alternative to college?  How about a paid apprenticeship program with a big name company?
Seeking mechanically inclined individuals that are new starting into the work force.  Huge opportunities with a national printing company looking to train and develop web press operators. $14 per hour to start -- potential for $16 per hour after 6 months.  Professionals in the field earn $19-$26 per hour.  This is a PAID program where you will be trained on commercial printing machines and processes.  Check out more information on the company RR Donnelley HERE.
The ideal candidate:
  • likes to tinker with engines, mowers, motorcycles, cars, computers
  • Is looking to learn a skill for a long term career
  • Shows initiative
  • Takes pride doing a good job and is reliable
  • Good attendance and arrives on time
  • Easy to manage, has a positive attitude and is a team player is the one-stop source to connect career seekers, employers, and education partners with apprenticeship resources. Discover apprenticeships across industries, how programs are started by employers, and how to become an apprentice.
The PACA was developed to provide a medium for the exchange of ideas and the methods and information relative to apprenticeship in the state of Pennsylvania.
On-the Job PAID Training / FREE Training Certificate Programs

Unlock your potential and achieve a thriving career through tuition-free tech training and certifications, professional development, and employer connections.  Courses are a combination of in-person and online learning.  Check out their website for more information.




Graduating seniors, looking for full-time work with benefits right in Sewickley. Sewickley Eye Group is interested in hiring students who would like to enter the work force after graduation and find a career in health care.  They provide excellent pay and full-time benefits to our employees including health care, dental, 401k... and they are happy to train.  If you would like to explore the opportunities they offer in the roles of Ophthalmic Technician, Optician, or Receptionist, please contact the Practice Manager, Angie Glumac:  [email protected]




Telecommunications is one of the fastest-growing industries with thousands of jobs that go unfilled in southwestern Pennsylvania. Starting wages begin at $20/hour with the likelihood of increases and job promotions. In 8-to-10 weeks through the Gismondi Job Training Program of Catholic Charities, we will teach and certify qualified learners the skills to be successful in the following areas: 

TELECOMMUNICATIONS involves building communication networks, installing the systems that 20th-Century communications run on, and maintaining or updating that infrastructure.  Jobs include: Telecommunications Technician, Low Voltage Electrician's Assistant, Security & Fire Alarm Installer. 

FIBER OPTICS AND BROADBAND is a field that builds and maintains the cabling that provides internet and telephone systems.  Jobs include: Fiber Optics Cable Installer, Fiber Optics Splicing, Fiber Optics Production Technician, Fiber Optics Network, Operator. 

GREEN TECHNOLOGY is a field that focuses on maintaining the different ways we limit the impact on the environment.  This field focuses on reducing our carbon footprint and developing and implementing sustainable plans for the future.  Jobs include: Recycling Technician, Green Building Technician, Conservation Technician, Energy Auditor.

Gismondi Job Training Program will: Teach you the basics of Telecommunications Technologies and how they connect us with the world, Provide expert, hand-on experiences to prepare you for your job, Make certain you’ll be work-ready after the training, Offer the opportunity to obtain 5 in-demand certifications to highlight your new real-world skills, Help you find employment and provide additional job skills like resume building or interview practice.  Click HERE for complete details.  For more information call 412-456-6989 or email [email protected].



Are you 16–24 years old?  Learn what you can do with FREE, hands-on job training and support. FREE career training that opens doors. 10 different industries. 100+ career possibilities.

Automotive and Machine Repair Construction, Finance and Business, Health Care, Hospitality, Information Technology Manufacturing, Renewable Resources and Energy Security, Transportation.  Get started




As you may have heard, UPMC Mercy is building a new Vision and Rehabilitation pavilion.  In this building, staff and physicians will be on the front lines of working to cure blindness!  The building is set to open in less than a year and they are at the point where they need to start getting trained staff members ready to support their patients in the clinic.  They are looking for 22 individuals to join an Ophthalmology Tech paid training program. 


Some of the benefits:

  • Full time employment
  • Paid training
  • Career ladder meaning there are promotional levels to grow both professionally and financially
  • Monday through Friday daylight shifts
  • Tons of other benefits that UPMC offers, some of the import ones are full benefits for employee and family, 401 K retirement program, tuition reimbursement for both employee and dependents *(* to some colleges) 


For questions and more information about how to apply, Please reach out to Raynice Wrobelewski at [email protected]



The Electrical Distribution Technology (EDT) Program is a joint partnership between Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) and Duquesne Light Company to provide training in the basic skills, knowledge and abilities applicants would need to apply for skilled craft positions in the electrical utility industry.  Upon completion of the 1 year certificate program, potential careers include: LINEWORKER, UNDERGROUND SPLICER, SR. OPERATOR, & OPERATIONS CENTER.  Click HERE for more information and the application process.

Hands-On Career Training. Thriving Educational Environment. All Offered at No Cost.

For over 50 years, Bidwell Training Center has changed lives by providing career training and academic enrichment to adults in transition. At Bidwell Training Center, we know how difficult it can be trying to make ends meet while pursuing your career goals. That’s why all our training programs are offered at no cost. With a strong relationship with industry leaders, Bidwell Training Center helps people just like you gain the skills, knowledge, and experience it takes to get a fulfilling career.


With a variety of expert-taught programs including Culinary Arts, Horticulture Technology, Chemical Laboratory Technician, Medical Assistant, Medical Coder/Biller and Pharmacy Technician training, and more, you can get career ready in as little as 7 months*.  Click HERE for more information and to apply!



National Personal Training Institute is locally owned and operated state-licensed and nationally accredited post-secondary vocational schools offering a five-hundred-hour personal training education and diploma program. They offer educational loans and are approved for military benefits (GI-Bill). NPTI is the longest running personal training school in the country since 2000.  Find out more about their program and career opportunities HERE.

Are you interested in a career in the Travel Industry?  Consider applying for BCD’s 10-Week Paid Training Program.  During this training, they will teach them about the airline, car rental, rail and hotel industries.  BCD Travel is the 3rd largest Corporate Travel Management in the world.  We employ over 13,500 employees around the globe.  Upon completion of the 10-Week Paid Training Program, the student will be eligible for benefits (including healthcare, vacation and 401K).  If the student is interested or needs more information about the 10-Week Paid Training Program email: [email protected].  For more information click HERE



Training sessions to become a Certified Nurses Aide will begin in June.  You will be paid an hourly rate to attend the classes.  In addition, the required fees to gain certification will be paid.  Once training is complete, students can apply for a CNA position.  There is a $2,000 Sign-On Bonus for CNAs!  Limited time special for full-time or part-time on the 3-11 p.m. shift!  Earn up to $15.70 per hour!  Rate will increase with experience.  Excellent benefit package includes: health, dental, vision, PTO, retirement savings, pay rate incentives: shift differential, weekend differential, call out incentives, employee referral bonuses, tuition benefits, holiday pay and much, much more!  Stop in at 1030 W. State Street, Baden, PA 15005 or Call 724-869-6308 for more information.  Learn more about career possibilities HERE.