frequently asked questions

Youth Apprenticeship is a program that was developed by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce development, to give students the skills to compete for high-paying, highly-skilled jobs. YA opens doors by giving students the opportunity to explore a career area of interest under the guidance of a local business mentor.

Student Learning

What guides student learning?

Student learning is guided by industry-specific skill checklists provided by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Each YA program has a unique Skills Standards Checklist, which are developed by business and industry leaders.

Certifications/college credit

Do students earn certifications through YA?

Yes! Every YA student earns an Occupational Skills Certification. This certification verifies that they have gained the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to be successful in their chosen industry. Students also gain workplace certifications such as CNA, OSHA 10, and First Aid.

How do students earn free college credits through YA?

YA students can choose to take college courses through Lakeshore Technical College. Textbook and course costs are paid for by the YA program. YA students often take college classes in welding, maintenance, machining, agriculture, healthcare, and business.

class information

Do students earn high school credit for YA?

Yes! Youth Apprenticeship is a class at Lincoln worth 3 elective credits per year (1.5 credits each semester).

How are students graded?

A student's grade is based on a quarterly worksite evaluation, weekly timesheets, and assignments (such as workplace reflections). All YA students have access to Mrs. Proszenyak's Google Classroom and the Remind communication app.

application/hiring process

How do students apply for YA?

Students must fill out the online YA application. Visit our Apply page to learn more!

How are students hired?

Students are hired based on their YA application and an interview. Interviews typically take place during April, May, and possibly June. All employment decisions are made by our YA employers.


How much are students paid?

Wages are determined by the YA employer, so student wages vary.

Are students employed through Lincoln High School or the partner business?

Students are employees of their YA employer. They are subject to the same safety rules, attendance policies, etc. as any other employee at that company.

My parent/relative/friend owns a company. Can I do a YA there?

Yes, you can! Please reach out to Mrs. Proszenyak to discuss how to arrange this.