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Enroll in STARC today for the opportunity to become a GM-UAW apprentice!

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Programs focused on teaching you the skills you need to become eligible to apply for an apprenticeship.


Scheduling hassles eliminated by allowing you to avoid offsite travel to local schools or classrooms.

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Online, mobile-friendly learning portal provides you with 24/7 access for learning when and where you want.

Academic Support

Comprehensive academic and motivational support provided via phone, email, and chat from Penn Foster to ensure your success.

Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Readiness Certificate (STARC)

Penn Foster has partnered with GM-UAW as the exclusive online provider of the Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Readiness Certificate (STARC) to provide you with enhanced flexibility for your training. This program will help you build the foundational skills you need to become eligible for the GM-UAW Apprentice Program and become a Journeyperson in your trade of choice. If you are retaking any of the courses or paying out of pocket for the program, click here.


Please note: To be eligible for consideration as an apprentice at General Motors, you must complete all steps in the GM Apprenticeship application process and receive a confirmation message to be considered. The STARC certificate is only one step in this application process. Stay tuned to this site for available application dates to complete the process.

Getting Started

Apply for TAP Voucher

Visit the Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP) page for instructions on how to apply for your voucher. For specific instructions, see the FAQs at the bottom of this page.

Sign Your TAP Voucher

Once your voucher has been approved, print it and sign it. Once you've signed it, take a high-quality photo of it and save it to your computer. You will need to submit it when you enroll.

Enroll in Penn Foster

Fill out the Penn Foster enrollment form, and upload a photo of your signed voucher to this form. After your application has been approved, you will receive an email with instructions to get started.

Semester 1 Courses


STARC 1: Shop Arithmetic

In this course you'll review the basic math functions you'll need on a daily basis for working in an industrial setting. This course will help reinforce concepts of basic algebra, fractions, decimals, percentage, ratio and proportion, and practical measurements like area, volume, temperature, and energy. You'll also learn how to apply these concepts to real-world, trade-related problems like measurements, calculations, and conversions.

Lessons in this program include:

  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Multiplication & Division
  • Practical Shop Math, Part 1
  • Practical Shop Math, Part 2
  • Fractions, Percents, Proportions, and Angles
  • Formulas

STARC 1 Cost: $350

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STARC 2: Machine Tool Blueprint Reading

This course will provide an introduction to blueprint reading and interpretation of various kinds of lines, position of views, symbols, conventions, dimensioning practices, and sectioning auxiliary views and symmetry.

Lessons in this program include:

  • Introduction to Print Reading
  • Reading Shop Prints, Part 1
  • Print Reading, Symbols, and Abbreviations
  • Dimensioning and Tolerancing

STARC 2 Cost: $350

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Semester 1 Tuition: $700

Semester 2 Courses

Trade-Related Preparation

STARC 3: Trade-Related Preparation

This course will provide an overview of industrial processes, including a review of math, blueprint reading, and measuring tools. Preparation for a career in the trades is assessed through an overview of industrial processes. Students will receive diagnostic evaluation through testing in these major areas.

Lessons in this program include:

  • General Math Review
  • Linear Distance and Measurement
  • Precision Measuring Instruments, Part 1
  • Manufacturing Processes, Part 4
  • Energy, Force, and Power

STARC 3 Cost: $375

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STARC 4: Intermediate Algebra

In this course, you'll learn about basic algebraic concepts, linear equations and inequalities, relations, functions, systems of linear equations, polynomials, rational expressions and equations, and radical and complex numbers. This course will also help you apply algebraic concepts in real-world problems. By the end of this course, you'll be able to understand mathematical relationships and creatively solve problems by interpreting and representing patterns in numbers by using variables, expressions, and equations.

Lessons in this program include:

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Radicals and complex numbers
  • Graphing linear equations and inequalities
  • And more!

STARC 4 Cost: $375

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Semester 2 Tuition: $750

GM-UAW Video Guides


Welcome to your Apprenticeship Program

How to successfully apply to the GM-UAW skilled trades apprenticeship readiness certificate or STARC program.

Where to Find the Information You Need for Your Voucher

Where to locate the information you will need to list on your voucher to be approved for enrollment by Penn Foster.


Your Voucher and What it Should Look Like

Learn what your voucher should look like to be approved for enrollment into the GM-UAW Apprenticeship program.


What to Do Once You Have Your Voucher

After obtaining your voucher, familiarize yourself with the application process for the STARC program

Important Dates

Enrollment and semester start dates will occur each *Monday for those who have been approved for enrollment. You may apply for enrollment up until 6 PM ET on the day of that enrollment. After 6 PM ET, you will have to apply for the next start date.

*In the event a holiday falls on a Monday, the enrollment will take place the next business day.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for my Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) voucher with GM-UAW?

Please apply for your voucher through your EdAssist link. If you have questions on this process, please reach out to your TAP Advisor as soon as possible to get started.

When can I apply/register/enroll?

Enrollment takes place every Monday for those who have been approved for enrollment. You can apply for enrollment up until 6 PM ET on the day of that enrollment. After 6 PM ET, you will have to begin applying for the next start date.

What are the semester start and end dates?

Enrollment takes place every Monday for those who are approved. You can view the semester start and end dates in the section above the FAQs on this site.




What if I finish before the semester end date?

Students who finish their current semester before their end date can apply for a new TAP voucher for semester 2 and enroll for their next semester on the next available start date. Please refer to the section above to view the next available start dates.

How does the payment process work?

GM TAP will reimburse Penn Foster for any semester enrollments not cancelled within 30 days. You are responsible to provide your transcripts to EdAssist within 60 days of semester completion to retain these benefits. Transcripts are emailed to students upon completing their semesters.

What if I need to drop/cancel the program?

If you need to drop or cancel, you must email with your cancellation request within 30 days of the semester or course start date. Please include your student ID in the message, along will the full name that matches your enrollment.

What is the benefit of taking these courses?

Upon successful completion of all four courses in the STARC program, you can apply for entry to the GM-UAW Skilled Trades Apprenticeship program eligibility lists. To be eligible for consideration as an apprentice at General Motors, you must complete all steps in the GM Apprenticeship application process and receive a confirmation message to be considered. The STARC certificate is only one step in this application process.

What is included in each course?

Each course contains several modules, with information broken down into smaller, more manageable sections. Students must test at least once on each module exam, as well as the proctored final exam. All tests, including the module exams, will be part of your final grade. And remember, the proctored final is done remotely as well.

Is there a specific time to take exams?

Module Exams can be taken at any time; however, proctored Final Exams will not open for testing until all Module Exams for the course have been taken. Semester 1 allows you 16 weeks to complete all exams and Semester 2 allows you 24 weeks to complete all exams.

How do I take my remote proctored final exam?

You’ll need a webcam, a microphone, and a high-speed internet connection to use Remote Proctor Now (RPNow). As such, it cannot be taken at a library or any public location. Use of any support material is prohibited. If the proctor review determines that support materials were used while taking an exam, a failing grade will be assigned to the test. If you do not pass the proctored exam and wish to continue in the program, you must re-take the course at your expense.


Please note that proctor exam grading takes 5-10 business days.

What additional materials am I allowed during proctored exams?

• Blank paper and pens/pencils are allowed.
• Any non-graphing calculator can be used during the exam, excluding calculators on a phone or computer. A basic scientific calculator like the TI 30 series is suggested.
• The help sheet provided at the start of the exam – you may print this out if you wish to have a hard copy.

Are proctored exams open book?

Proctored exams for STARC 1, 2, and 3 are closed book. The proctored exam for STARC 4 is open book.

What is a passing grade to be eligible for apprenticeship?

You must earn at least a 75% average score to be eligible for the apprenticeship program (85% for NAETC, Milford, Pontiac PPO, and Warren Tech Center).

How much of my final grade do exams count for?

This chart shows how lesson exams and final exams are weighted in each course:

Course # Lesson Exams Lesson Exam Weight (each) Final Proctored Exam Weight
STARC 1 6 5% 70%
STARC 2 4 5% 80%
STARC 3 5 5% 75%
STARC 4 5 0.2% 99%
What if I fail an exam — can I retake it?

If you fail an exam, you have the ability to retake it once. In that case, the higher of the two attempts will count towards the final grade. The final remote proctor exam cannot be retaken. Only one attempt is allowed.

Can I request an extension?

You may only request an extension in the following circumstances:

• You have experienced a verifiable technical error within your student account that prevented you from completing your coursework.
• You have a verifiable extreme personal situation that has halted your ability to continue coursework (i.e. extended in-patient hospitalization, death of an immediate family member, loss of home, etc.).

If your request falls into one of these categories, you may submit a request for extension with documented proof of the circumstances to our Support Team If there is no documentation submitted, your request will be denied. Each request will be reviewed on a case by case basis. If your request does not fall into one of the above categories, you may not request an extension.

Will I still be invoiced for the algebra course if I transfer credits?

If you have transfer credits you wish to apply to the algebra course, you will need to submit your transcript for transfer credit within the first 21 days of enrollment in order to avoid an invoice.

What do I get when I complete the program?

When you successfully complete the program, you will be emailed a Certificate or Completion. All learners will also receive an emailed transcript that can be submitted to EdAssist.

How do I request an ADA form?

To request an ADA form, please email us at and use the subject line "ADA Form Request."

What technology is required to complete the coursework in this program?

You will need a webcam, microphone, and high speed internet connection to complete the remote proctored exams. If your computer does not meet these requirements, you'll want to make arrangements to take the exam at a GM training facility, borrow equipment from a friend, colleague, or family member, or purchase this equipment at your own expense.

I failed one of my courses - what do I do now?

All GM UAW STARC students have the opportunity to enroll into a make-up course if they fail one of their courses within their semester. You can go to to apply for your make-up. All make-up courses are self-pay only.

Please be sure to have your original student ID number ready - you will need it to enroll into your retake. You will receive a new student ID number for this course, but it will be connected to your original account.