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We’re Hiring, Especially If You’re in High School and Want an Apprenticeship

Companies scrambling to fill openings are increasingly tapping students with promises of training and good wages.
Kyler Kennard at Canon.

Kyler Kennard at Canon.

Source: Canon Solutions America

Like most 18-year-olds, Kyler Kennard didn’t know what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. So after graduating from high school he put off college and took a job as a technician at a subsidiary of Canon U.S.A. Inc., a division of imaging company Canon Inc., near his home in the Dallas suburbs.

Kennard had already been preparing for a career in media technology through a youth apprenticeship program at his high school. He says his job at Canon pays $20 an hour and comes with good benefits—a lot more enticing than his other options, driving for DoorDash or working in fast food.