A key distinctive of Patrick Henry College is its focus on apprenticeship training. EBA students are required to choose several apprenticeship opportunities comprising a nearly half of their major program (17 credits).
Integral to the apprenticeship methodology is a co-op component which places students with a single company during their college career. Students work at their partner company for two summers and one semester on projects of significance. The co-op component of the major is designed to provide real world mentoring in the field. Such grounding prevents participants from developing a limited "theory only" perspective on their studies. It also provides students the ability to earn while they learn.
Each type of apprenticeship experience is unique. While apprenticeships are largely initiated by the students, PHC faculty are engaged in the learning process and provide oversight and direction to the apprenticeship experience.
Students will be paired with a single company for two summers and one semester of intensive work experience, enjoying real-world experience working alongside top corporate and entrepreneurial leaders. The experience will involve: