The Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeships program celebrated career education with hundreds of business leaders, educators and students at the Signing Day 2018 breakfast held this week at the College Center on TTC’s Thornley Campus (formerly Main Campus) in North Charleston.
The breakfast was highlighted by a panel discussion facilitated by TTC President Mary Thornley and included panelists Gerrita Postlewait, superintendent of the Charleston County School District, Mike King of Cummins Turbo Technologies, as well as three former youth apprentices and a parent of a former youth apprentice.
Following the program, youth apprentices officially signed with their employers representing Automotive, Bookkeeping, Civil CAD, CNA/Pre-Nursing, Computer Programming, Culinary Arts, Emergency Medical Technician, Engineering Assistant/Technician, Hotel Operations, HVAC, Industrial Mechanics, Machine Tool Technology, Networking and Security/Pre-Law Enforcement.
Through the Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeships 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 paid work experience.
All costs associated with the program, including tuition, books and most materials for apprenticeship-related courses at Trident Technical College, are covered while apprentices are working for a participating employer. Currently, there are over 120 business partners who have or are interested in hiring youth apprentices for the 2018‐19 academic school year.