Trident Technical College and Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce celebrated career education with hundreds of business leaders, educators and students at the Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship Program Signing Day breakfast today at the College Center on TTC’s Main Campus. Highlighting the breakfast was keynote speaker Amy Firestone, program analyst of the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship.
The program spotlighted the partnership among TTC, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the region’s public school districts and regional business partners with the signing of the 2017-18 class of apprentices.
Following the program, youth apprentices officially signed with their employers representing automotive, civil computer aided design, CNA/pre-nursing, culinary arts, emergency medical technicians, hotel operations, HVAC, industrial mechanics, computer networking, computer programming, machine tool technology, medical office assistant and pre-law enforcement.
Through the Youth Apprenticeship Program, TTC connects qualified high school students with participating employers.
The employers interview and hire the students, who then begin employment while taking high school and college courses. At the completion of the apprenticeships, students will have earned a high school diploma, a TTC certificate, a journeyman credential from the U.S. Department of Labor and two years of work experience.
All costs associated with the program including tuition and books are paid by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. Currently, there are over 120 business partners who have or are interested in hiring youth apprentices for the 2017‐18 academics.