*Currently, the Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship is ONLY available in Huntington, WV and Bridgeport, WV. For the Construction and Skilled Trades Pre-Apprenticeship located in Morgantown, Charleston and Wheeling, please select "Programs>Construction" at the top of the page.



How we are protecting our students & instructors:

In Step Up, we teach you all about safety. We have OSHA-10 classes which you will receive a certificate for. We also have facemasks, hand sanitizer, no touch thermometers (we will keep a daily log of temps), soap, disinfectant for the classroom, small class sizes, small groups, and separation of students inside.


The training program in HUNTINGTON is NOT currently running. The training program in BRIDGEPORT IS OPEN.
Step Up for Women is a 10 week long, employment based, pre-apprenticeship training program designed to prepare adult women for entry level positions and apprenticeships in advanced manufacturing. 
  • We have 20 years of experience in training women and helping them secure jobs. 
  •  We work with graduates until they are employed, no matter how long it takes! We want you to enter a new career, not just get a job.
  • Our program is no cost to qualified applicants, so you don’t have to go into debt to learn skills!
  • Most graduates find job within six weeks
  • Average pay around $12/hr with some making as much as $16/hr. All jobs 40+ hours per week!
Our county needs a skilled workforce that is dedicated, competitive and creative. Our industries depend on individuals who can design and produce quality parts and materials. Today the manufacturing field is wide open and changing fast. You decide how far you can go. In this industry you can learn as many skills as you want and keep moving up. What you can achieve is up to you.
Benefits of Attending Step Up for Women AMP
While we do not pay students to attend training, students receive transportation reimbursement $0.12 cents per mile along with clothing and/or steel toed work boots. We get you ready for a career with everything you need.
Hands-On Training
  • Learn the basics of high-tech (CNC) machines to make products used in medical, aerospace, pharmaceutical, auto and extraction industries.
  • Manually machine projects on mills and lathes
  • Learn to read blueprints
  • Learn to measure and inspect products
  • Hand create industrial components.
  • Students learn by doing, not watching.
Career Readiness
Our students learn the essential skills to prepare, find, and keep a job including: resume writing, interview skills, job hunting techniques, effective communication, budgeting and credit, and basic math review.
Industry Overview
Students will have the opportunity to meet with female role models in the manufacturing industry and visit employers. They will also get to take ToolingU online courses specially designed to introduce workers to advanced manufacturing concepts.
Eligibility Guidelines
  • 18 years or older
  • GED or High School Diploma
  • Valid driver’s license or ability to obtain one during class
  • Access to reliable transportation 
  • Basic English speaking skills
  • Basic math skills
  • Physical fitness level sufficient to work on feet all day and lift 40 pounds
  • Willing to pursue and accept an entry-level advanced manufacturing job - graduates are expected to work full-time in the industry
Course Length and Dates
The program is 10 weeks long. You get trained and start working in your new career as soon as possible. Classes begin in June for the summer and in January for the winter. Apply well ahead of time as students are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications are due approximately May 20 and December 25 for the Huntington class. Bridgeport classes TBD. 
Application Process:
  • Submit the Step Up application either online or by calling our office to receive a paper application. 
  • If determined eligible, attend an interview with the Step Up Coordinator.
  • Complete the required assignments given during the interview to be eligible for acceptance. 
  • If accepted, attend an orientation session prior to the start of class.
What tests do applicants take during the application process?
Applicants are required to take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) at their assigned location. 
Participants take the TABE test during the application process and again before graduating from the program.
This is not a pass/fail test. Results will be evaluated on an individual basis and the score will not stop you from graduating. 
As of Summer 2018, some students may need to take the WorkKeys instead of the TABE test. 
What is expected of a student?
Students are expected to be on time and in attendance every day for class, actively participate in class activities, maintain a positive attitude, and pursue and accept an entry level manufacturing job during or after graduating the class
Will I have to pay any money?
No. Grants and donations will pay tuition. Students will be required to seek funding including WIOA  to pay for their training, but recieving this funding is not a requirement. 
What are the difficulties of jobs in advanced manufacturing?
Advanced Manufacturing positions can be very physically and mentally challenging. They require long hours standing on concrete. Workers must sometimes lift 40+ pounds. The machines themselves are loud and dangerous. An employee must be aware of their actions and surroundings at all times. The work can also be very repetitive, especially in an entry-level position. 
Manufacturers may also have swing shifts, mandatory overtime, or 12-hour shifts.
Who is the typical student?
Most students are between 25 and 55 with very little or no manufacturing experience. Many are heads of households and/or single parents.
What kind of job placement assistance do students receive?
The main goal of our program is to help students land entry-level advanced manufacturing jobs or apprenticeships. Our program coordinators teach students job development methods and coach them through the process of securing a job. The program coordinator will write resumes and provide technical assistance in getting them into the hands of hiring professionals. Also, students get the opportunity to meet with employers and role models.
Call now for a paper application or more information: Huntington (304) 528-9991, Bridgeport (304) 848-2283