Trident Technical College offers high school students several opportunities to get an early start on their college education and professional careers with the Dual Credit, Early Admit and youth apprenticeship programs, and offers fun and educational noncredit weekend classes and summer camp programs for youth ages 7-17.
TTC’s Dual Credit Program allows qualified high school students to take college courses taught through TTC and receive high school credit. Students can get a head start on completing coursework for an associate degree or bachelor’s degree, while having the opportunity to explore careers and expand interests through courses not offered at the high school.
Studies suggest that students who receive college credit while still in high school are more likely to graduate from high school, more likely to continue their education after high school and have more success during their first official year of college than their peers. Participating in the Dual Credit program can also significantly reduce the time and cost to pursue post-secondary education. Students can complete two years of coursework through Dual Credit for a fraction of the cost when compared to courses at four-year institutions, and credit earned at TTC can transfer to many of those colleges and universities. Learn more.
The Early Admit program at TTC allows high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take college courses before they have graduated from high school. Courses completed as part of the Early Admit program become a part of the student’s college transcripts but will not affect their high school records.
Most general education college courses transfer to colleges and universities across the nation because TTC is a regionally accredited college. In addition, many applied technical or professional courses transfer to selected colleges and universities. Participating in the TTC Early Admit program can also significantly reduce the cost to pursue post-secondary education. Learn more.
Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship Program (CRYA)
The Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship Program at TTC prepares rising high school juniors, seniors and graduating seniors for rewarding careers in a variety of fields. Regional employers offer students the opportunity to "learn and earn" with paid on-the-job training along with related classroom instruction at TTC. The costs associated with the youth apprenticeship college courses are covered by the program for students who are hired by participating companies.
Students who complete the two-year program receive two years of paid employment and mentoring from an industry professional, a high school diploma (if not already granted), one year of college credit from TTC free of charge and national credentials from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Two-year apprenticeships are offered in fields that range from Industrial Mechanics and Machine Tool Technology to Culinary Arts and Hotel Operations to Emergency Medical Technician and Certified Nurse Aide/Pre-Nursing. Opportunities are also available in Automotive, Bookkeeping, Information Technology, Pharmacy and Security. Learn more.
QUEST is Trident Technical College’s annual academic competition. It is open to public school students in grades 6-12 from Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. The competition was developed by TTC to promote academic excellence, provide an academic challenge to students, and recognize top students, teachers and schools. Learn more.
Lowcountry Advanced Manufacturing Institute (LAMI)
The Lowcountry Advanced Manufacturing Institute is a weeklong, full-day summer program for rising high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors. It is a prestigious opportunity to gain exposure to the extremely diverse world of advanced manufacturing.
Selected participants hear from industry leaders, tour local facilities, and use state of the art equipment in the South Carolina Aeronautical Training Center as they learn about the wide variety of positions in manufacturing, from machining and robotics, to marketing and logistics. Monday through Thursday students spend mornings learning about and getting hands-on experience with current trends and practices in high-tech manufacturing and afternoons touring area facilities. On Friday students present group projects they completed during the week, followed by a catered recognition luncheon.
LAMI is funded through a generous donation from the Bosch Community Fund and a U.S. Department of Defense BOOMING in STEM grant. It is free to participants, however space is limited. Learn more.
Noncredit Youth Classes and Summer Camps
*Due to the impacts related to COVID-19, the college made the difficult decision to suspend all noncredit, open enrollment youth classes and summer camps for 2021. Please check back for updates.
Noncredit Youth programs available through Trident Tech run the gamut from culinary and baking to creative arts to outdoors pursuits to a wide array of STEM offerings and more. Single-day classes for youths ages 7-17 are offered on Saturdays throughout the school year on multiple TTC campuses.
But the crown jewels of the college’s youth noncredit programming are undoubtedly it’s robust slate of weeklong summer camps. Developed over more than two decades the Kids’ College (ages 7-11) and Teen University (ages 12-17) programs provide fun and educational experiences for hundreds of Lowcountry children every summer. Whether it’s learning how to make pasta from scratch from Culinary Institute of Charleston chefs or how to develop a video game from concept to execution or how to play the guitar there’s something for just about everyone. Morning and afternoon camp sessions are offered over several weeks each summer across all TTC campuses. Summer camps focused on Career Exploration, College Preparation, Leadership and Empowerment, STEM, Culinary and more are available. Learn more.