ABC of Wisconsin Apprenticeship
The latest information on COVID-19 for ABC of Wisconsin apprentices
ABC OF WISCONSIN APPRENTICESHIP
The ABC of Wisconsin Apprenticeship Program is committed to helping people throughout their time as an apprentice, including these unprecedented and uncertain times. Our staff has compiled information and resources to help you navigate your apprenticeship during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Free Tools & Resources
Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days (from March 16, 2020) to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Find more information here.
Comcast has increased speeds from 15 Mbps to 25 in “Internet Essentials,” a program for low-income families to get internet access. The company has also eliminated the $9.95 price per month and made it free to new low-income customers for two months. Additional information found here.
PRODUCTIVITY & COMMUNICATION SOFTWARE
Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe is offering free access to Creative Cloud tools through May 31, 2020 for home use by students attending schools that currently only have computer lab access through May at this website.
Students and instructors can sign themselves up here if their program doesn’t already offer them access.
Microsoft is reminding schools that it offers a free set of productivity applications — including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote — for education, for those schools that haven’t adopted a software suite yet. Office 365 A1 also comes with services, including OneDrive (for storage and file transfer), Teams (for web communications), Forms (for quizzes) and other utilities useful for collaboration.
It has always been free, but amidst COVID-19 they are trying to maximize capacity and reliability with providing free licenses with access to advanced capabilities. Sign up here.
They’re offering free information sessions to help people get acquainted with Zoom.
This page has great resources for all uses of Zoom and the free services available.
Have a Question?
Need something that isn’t listed here? Contact your Education Coordinator with any questions or concerns at (608) 244-6056. We are here to help.
Online Testing Available
Several technical colleges are offering online testing options during the COVID-19 pandemic. All test-takers should request a copy of their scores from the testing center to include with their ABC apprenticeship application.
Information for Electrical, Plumbing, and Sprinkler Fitting Apprentices
If you were scheduled for a journeyman exam and it was canceled due to COVID-19, please contact DSPS at DSPSCREDTrades@wisconsin.gov to reschedule your exam. Please include the following information in your email to DSPS:
- First Name/Last Name
- Customer ID/License #
- Your contact email or phone number
For general information on DSPS and how COVID-19 is affecting licensing in Wisconsin, please reference the DSPS homepage.