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Beckman Catholic First Iowa Non-Public School to Offer Apprenticeship Program

Beckman Catholic High School in Dyersville is making history this week.

Beckman Catholic has become the first non-public school in Iowa to offer an apprenticeship program. 

Principal Marcel Kielkucki says the program aligns with a revised engineering curriculum they started this school year in partnership with Northeast Iowa Community College. 

Students taking the new courses will receive up to twelve college credits while in high school. If they apply and are accepted into the apprenticeship program with FarmTek, they will also receive an engineering assistant apprenticeship certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor – once they complete the paid apprenticeship program.

Junior Andrew Salin was the first student to sign on as an apprentice. He signed with FarmTek on Tuesday during a ceremony, which was also attended by Dr. Ann Lebo with the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Workforce Development, State Senator Carrie Koelker, representatives of FarmTek, NICC, the Archdiocese of Dubuque and Dyersville Economic Development Corporation. 

Principal Kielkucki says they are working on some additional programs as well and hope to have a second apprenticeship ready by the start of next school year.


photo courtesy of Beckman Catholic


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