Registered Apprenticeship-College Consortium
About the College Consortium
The RACC is a national network of postsecondary institutions, employers, unions and associations working to create opportunities for apprentice graduates who may want to further enhance their skills by completing an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree. Membership also includes state, regional and national organizations that represent Registered Apprenticeship sponsors and colleges. The RACC is administered by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education. College members agree to provide credit for a Registered Apprenticeship completion certificate as recommended by a recognized third party evaluator. Currently, there are thousands of existing articulation agreements between a single college and local Registered Apprenticeship program. The consortium will create a national network of colleges and Registered Apprenticeship sponsors allowing apprentice graduates to accelerate completion of their postsecondary degrees at member colleges.
All Registered Apprenticeship RACC members must have their programs evaluated by a third party organization to determine the college credit value of the apprenticeship completion certificate. Currently, the American Council on Education (ACE), the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) and two- and four-year postsecondary institutions that provide a similar evaluation process to Registered Apprenticeship programs as ACE and NCCRS are organizations acceptable as Third Party Evaluators. All RACC college members must be degree-granting institutions that are accredited by a regional institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Join the College Consortium
Membership is free. Members agree to abide by the RACC Framework that outlines goals, principles and criteria for membership and the RACC Standards of Good Practice. After filling out the application, please submit it and any other attachments via e-mail to OA.Administrator@dol.gov.
For further information and to discuss any questions, please call (202) 693-2796 or send an e-mail to OA.Administrator@dol.gov.
If so, talk with them about Registered Apprenticeship!
The National Registered Apprenticeship System allows individuals to work and take home a paycheck - while learning skills and earning industry-recognized certifications. Registered Apprenticeship provides more than 400,000 apprentices across the U.S. with industry-specific education, on-the-job training, nationally recognized certifications, and guaranteed wage increases.
Registered Apprenticeship programs pay individuals from day one, and provide raises as apprentices attain additional skill levels. Apprentices learn their skills through structured, on-the-job training and related classroom instruction. Registered Apprenticeship programs foster a sense of personal independence and self-esteem in apprentices. Upon completion, apprentices receive nationally recognized certifications. Many of the apprenticeship programs partner with local colleges, enabling apprentices to earn college credit, sometimes paid for by the employer. There are more than 250,000 employers involved in the apprenticeship program, including nationally known companies such as CVS/pharmacy and major institutions like the Center for Disease Control (CDC). These companies participate as program sponsors in a public/private partnership with the government to create a highly skilled workforce.