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Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeships

Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship Program

Regional employers are offering rising high school juniors, seniors and graduating seniors the opportunity to "learn and earn." Youth apprentices receive paid on-the-job training along with related classroom instruction at Trident Technical College. The costs associated with the youth apprenticeship college courses are covered by the program for students who are hired by participating companies.

THIS IS A TWO-YEAR PROGRAM AND APPLICANTS MUST BE ABLE TO COMMIT TO THE FULL TWO YEARS IF THEY ARE HIRED. THE YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP IS NOT AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAM.

Youth Apprenticeships

Thank you for your interest in the Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship Program. Applications are closed for this year's hiring cycle. We will begin accepting applications again in February for the 2024 hiring cycle. The annual Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeships Information Session will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024 on Thornley Campus in the College Center, bldg. 920. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and two identical presentations will be offered, one at 9 a.m. and the other at 10:30 a.m. Participating employers will be on hand to meet students and parents and to answer questions. The Information Session is open to the public and no registration is required. Please email Ellen.Kaufman@tridenttech.edu or Ashley.Creson@tridenttech.edu if you have any questions!

2024 PATHWAYS:

  • Automotive Mechanic
  • Pre-Nursing (May 1, 2024 application deadline. Must be available for CNA/PCT training at TTC that starts in June and runs throughout the summer.)
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant - 10 opportunities, new for 2024
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Must turn 18 by April 1, 2024
  • Culinary Arts
  • Industrial Mechanics
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Mechatronics
  • HVAC
  • Hotel Operations
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Welding Technician
  • Networking
  • Engineering Assistant
  • Security/Pre-Law Enforcement

 Students who participate in and complete the two-year program will 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
  • National credentials from the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Two years of work experience
  • Marketable skills for life

Nail your youth apprenticeship employer interview with this helpful Interview Tips for Teens guide.

Requirements

To be eligible for a two-year youth apprenticeship, a student must:

To start the process, students must complete and submit all sections of the Youth Apprenticeship Application Packet, including proof of qualifying scores on the ACCUPLACER Placement Test. 

YOUTH APPRENTICES WHO ARE STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL MUST BE ABLE TO ARRANGE AN "EARLY OUT" OR A "LATE IN" TO ACCOMMODATE THEIR WORK AND COLLEGE COURSE SCHEDULE. WE WILL WORK WITH SCHOOL COUNSELORS TO ASSIST WITH THIS.

*GRADUATING SENIORS MUST FILE FAFSA

  • Be a rising junior, senior or graduating senior
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Achieve qualifying ACCUPLACER Placement Test scores*
  • Be willing and able to commit to the full two years of the program
  • Demonstrate academic readiness and responsibility
  • Be legally able to work in the U.S.

For more information, email Ellen.Kaufman@tridenttech.edu or Ashley.Creson@tridenttech.edu.

CRYA Student Handbook

Click here to watch the Youth Apprenticeship Information Session.

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Youth Apprenticeship Success Stories

 

Signing Day 2022

Signing Day 2021

Signing Day 2020

Youth Apprentices at Work: Gerald's Tires and Brakes

 

Youth Apprentices at Work: Hendrick Toyota North Charleston

 

Youth Apprentices at Work: Wild Dunes

 

Youth Apprentices at Work: Magnolias

 

Youth Apprentices at Work: Roper St. Francis

 

Youth Apprentices at Work: Slightly North of Broad

 

Youth Apprentices at Work: TeamLogicIT