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Pre-Employment Trades

Pre-Employment Trades

Northern Lakes College has strategies in place to ensure students can safely complete any practical aspects of their programs.

Apprenticeship Trades

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In today’s economy, training is critical. However, training can be expensive. For high school students, Dual Credit programming includes trades offerings, which are also called “Pre-Employment”. They are called this because they offer the theory portion of trades training in advance of obtaining the hands on experience with an employer. In the trades, a candidate is normally employed (a.k.a. apprenticed) in advance of attending training.

Pre-employment trades offered at NLC include Carpenter, Electrician, and Welder. Each program covers the entire First Period theory of that trade. In essence, students complete the first year of theory required for a trade, without leaving home and without incurring the costs associated with post-secondary training!

Learn more about the different pathways you can take here:

Trades Pathways- PDF

Delivery Methods


Face-to-Face: Courses where the instructor and the students are interacting at the same time, at the same physical location. 

NLC LIVE Online™: Scheduled classes online, where students log in to a program (Blackboard Collaborate™) with instructors and peers on the same day, at the same time.

NLC Anytime, Anywhere: Courses where you do not have scheduled classes, but where you log in to a program online (Moodle) at any time and do your work. 

Blended: Courses where you have a combination of face-to-face and online (NLC Anytime, Anywhere and/or NLC LIVE Online).

Dual Credit: Students in high school can experience College programs while earning post-secondary credits.

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