National Park College (NPC) Community and Corporate Training will host two events to spotlight the Electrical and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) apprenticeship programs as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Apprenticeship Week.

Tuesday, November 14 there will be an open house event for the recently established HVAC apprenticeship program from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Prospective students, area HVAC contractors, and the public are invited to tour the facilities, interact with students and instructors, and learn more about how apprenticeships can benefit their businesses. The event is free and open to the public.

A joint event for electrical and HVAC apprenticeship students will be held Thursday, November 16 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Southside Student Center. Apprenticeship advisory boards, local employers, instructors and students have been invited to attend. Proclamations from both Governor Asa Hutchinson and Garland County Judge Rick Davis will be presented.

Governor Asa Hutchinson has declared November 11 through November 19, 2017 as National Apprenticeship Week in the state of Arkansas.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are over 545,000 apprentices nationwide in more than 1,000 occupations. Nearly 90 percent of apprentices are employed after completing their apprenticeship, with an average starting salary of $60,000 per year or more.