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ETA Invites Comments on Registered Apprenticeship – College Consortium; Sets Objective of Increasing Articulation Agreements; Renews Charter of Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship
Jan 23, 2013
The Employment and Training Administration has published a notice inviting comments on the current data collection for the Registered Apprenticeship-College Consortium (RACC). Comments are due by March 12, 2013. The notice contains several tables detailing the average number of articulation agreements per institution and sponsor.

The RACC exists to facilitate applying the Registered Apprenticeship completion certificate towards college credit. RACC post-secondary members agree to accept apprentice graduates from member Registered Apprenticeship sponsors who have the approximate amount of credit toward college that has been designated by a third party evaluator. The Department has modeled the RACC after the Servicemembers Opportunities Colleges Consortium supported by the Department of Defense.

Some excerpts from the RACC notice:

The Secretary of Labor's Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA), which includes members from the employer, labor, and public sectors, has identified the need to apply the Registered Apprenticeship completion certificate for college credit as an important opportunity for apprentices to continue on a career pathway, enhance skill acquisition, and earn an Associates or Bachelor's degree. Increased articulation agreements between Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors and colleges will create a new pipeline of degree-seekers and enhance the competitiveness of American industry by enlarging the pool of highly-trained workers that possess in-demand skills and competencies.

(A major objective) is to increase articulation agreements between post-secondary education institutions and Registered Apprenticeship program sponsors. An ad-hoc workgroup of the ACA, composed of ACA members, community college leaders, Registered Apprenticeship sponsors, American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) representatives, and leadership from DOL's Office of Apprenticeship (OA) and DOE/OVAE has developed the framework for the articulation consortium, including goals, principles and membership criteria which was adopted unanimously by the full ACA at its May 9-10, 2012 meeting. The SOC is a consortium of colleges supported by the Department of Defense that provides college articulation for soldiers and veterans who accumulate credits at a number of colleges.

DOL has shared this framework for feedback and refinement with a variety of stakeholder groups, including a wide range of community college partners as well as sponsors of Registered Apprenticeship programs who overwhelmingly support the establishment of the consortium. The data collection is the application form to seek membership in the consortium, which DOL also has based on the SOC model …

Note: ETA has published another notice regarding its intent to renew the charter of the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA). Among the priorities cited, this notice addresses the Committee's interest in expanding the Registered Apprenticeship model in manufacturing, energy, and healthcare and the development of career pathways.