Apprenticeship programs let you continue your education and earn money at the same time, while you learn a skilled trade from a master craftsman. You can get on-the-job training through an apprenticeship in nearly any career you can imagine… and get a running start to high pay, a great future, and a career you’ll love!


An apprenticeship is a good way to prepare yourself for the future with on-the-job training in a highly skilled career. Apprenticeship is formalized, industry-driven career training. It is designed to create high-skill, high-paying job opportunities, and is an alternative route to traditional college programs. Depending on the occupation, apprenticeships last one to six years.

For workers, apprenticeships provide:

  • On-the-job training

  • Wages (that increase with your experience and skills)

  • Classroom studies

  • Job security and increased marketability

  • Opportunity to earn college credit in many occupational areas

Would you like to learn more about different fields that offer apprenticeships? Here are five career areas that offer many apprenticeship opportunities in Washington State:

Health Care

Are you a people person? Would you like a career caring for other people? You can learn to be an optician, a physical therapy aide, or pursue many other opportunities in health-related careers.


Do you like to work with your hands? Would you like to learn how to use the latest computer technology to work with wood, metal, or electronics? There are apprenticeships available for machinists, shop electricians, and many other manufacturing careers.

Food Preparation and Serving

Do you love good food? Would you like a career preparing or serving food? Apprenticeships in the culinary arts field give you many opportunities to learn to be a top-notch cook or server.

Public Safety

Do you want to protect others and keep our homeland safe? There are many apprenticeship opportunities in public safety, including firefighter, fire medic, and police officer.

Construction and Building Trades

Have you always wanted to build things? Would you like a career in the construction industry? You can apprentice to learn to be a plumber, pipefitter, carpenter, electrician, or many other careers.

Learn about the Tacoma Power Apprenticeships Program through the Tacoma Public Utilities.

Looking to step right into a good-paying job? In an apprenticeship, you can earn money while learning a trade.

Medical Assistant | Pharmacy Technician | Behavioral Health Technician | Central Sterile Processing

Students 18 years of age and already graduated high school or completed a GED

Palmer Pathways

Construction trade Pre-Apprenticeship Program serving young adults in Pierce County (18-26 yrs).


For more info:

Call: 253.617.5928 or 253-572.9008

COPE Health Scholars

As a Health Scholar, you will gain firsthand experience in both clinical and administrative health care settings

CHS Flyer_Health Scholars.pdf


Must be 18years old with High School diploma or attending college (Running Start). Feb-May 2022 all fees are waived.

Medical Assistant Resident Program

Applications currently open, formal offers will be extended through late February, with a program start date in March.

Participants attend a hybrid of virtual and in-person training through an accelerated program that prepares them with the essential academic and professional competencies needed to be part of the health care delivery team as a Medical Assistant.

Graduates of the program will be well positioned to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam for certification, as well as pursue a career as an MA. This program is in collaboration with MultiCare Health System, allowing students the opportunity to get paid while completing their studies and streamlining the employment process.

Program is based in Seattle.