Information Technology Apprenticeship Program

About the Program

We want our people to make a difference at work and in their careers, which is why we created the first ever registered technology-based apprenticeship program in the state of Iowa. Ruan's Information Technology (IT) Apprenticeship Program is designed to provide high school students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, earn income, and continue their post-high school education, all while being a part of the essential transportation and logistics industry! The program targets students taking cyber security courses, who enjoy technology, and are looking for an alternative to a four-year college or university.

  • Three-year competency-based program with progressive increase in pay and responsibility.
  • IT apprentices work in many areas within our technology team, including service desk, cybersecurity, development, network, hardware, and technology operations.
  • Flat organization structure allows our apprentices direct access to strategic decision makers and executives.
  • Up to 20 hours per week, targeting weekdays during the school year.
  • Up to 40 hours per week during the summer.

Program Eligibility

Ruan will consider high school candidates from sophomore to senior year. The program targets Central Campus High School Juniors that are taking the Cyber Security class.

Hear from our IT apprentices!

"The apprenticeship program provided valuable experience working in the IT and corporate landscape that will apply into all my future endeavors. Mistakes we might make were forgivable, as it was all part of the learning experience. Working closely with people on the job provided much-needed knowledge on what I might want to pursue in life, with my career path shifting more than twice during my time at Ruan."

Ashton C.

“One of the most important things the apprenticeship has taught me is how to ask questions and learn from others. All the people I have worked with across four teams have not only helped me learn more about the world of technology but have also helped me grow my communication and collaboration skills as well!”

Jackson G.


"Working at Ruan has been a great learning experience for me. I've had the pleasure of working on some very interesting projects, and working with some very interesting people! The time I've spent at the company has really helped me hone both my people skills and my technical skills, and I'm excited to learn more while I'm here."

Ben F.


"This apprenticeship has been such a great opportunity for me, it has developed my networking and critical thinking abilities. I am forever grateful for this program."

Randy H.