Applied Technology and Apprenticeship

Take Your Apprenticeship Training to the Next Level with an Associate Degree

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Program Overview

Are you looking to elevate your career in the Electrical, HVAC, or Plumbing fields? The Applied Technology and Apprenticeship program at College of Western Idaho (CWI) offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree that combines your apprenticeship training with additional education.

Tailored to those who have or are currently completing a registered apprenticeship, this unique program pairs on-the-job industry training and academic learning with the completion of general education credits to set you apart in the field with enhanced knowledge and soft skills. Completion of this program is a step toward becoming a journey-level trades technician, offering a viable career path in high-demand fields.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Applied Science



Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

4 years

Primary Location

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Learning Opportunities

  • Study & Make a Living: Practice what you learn in class while working in the field, finishing the program with increased wages and minimal debt.
  • Viable Career Path: Engage in hands-on work in high-demand fields, progressing from apprentice to supervisory roles.
  • Academic Achievement: Earn an Associate of Applied Science degree, which can be utilized for further education or standing out in job applications.
  • Management Skills Development: Acquire knowledge and skills necessary for trades management and communication.
  • Enhanced Writing & Math Skills: Improve essential skills for a successful career as a tradesperson.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Applied Technology and Apprenticeship – Associate of Applied Science Degree




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Career Opportunities

  • First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers

    Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.


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Step 2

  • Apply to CWI.
  • Choose Applied Technology and Apprenticeship as your major.

Step 3

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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