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Culinary Institute of Charleston Pre-apprenticeship

Lowcountry rising 9th-11th graders (ages 14 or older) interested in pursuing a career in the culinary arts are encouraged to apply for the Culinary Institute of Charleston's Pre-apprenticeship program. This program offers four three-week courses in Fundamentals in Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry for FREE to all participants.

Students will receive:

  • Hands-on training in Culinary Arts or Baking & Pastry
  • Course materials
  • A uniform
  • Lunch
  • Restaurant experience


Students enrolled in the pre-apprenticeship program must:

  • Attend all classes during the three-week course (no absences)
  • Have reliable transportation

Classes will be held on the Thornley Campus of Trident Technical College (Building 920, 7000 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston). Student will be responsible for all transportation.

For more information, contact:
Gaynor Mueller
Culinary Institute of Charleston


All pre-apprenticeship classes are now full. Please check back again next year. Thank you.


Course Schedules:


Session 1 - June 20-July 15 (off for week of July 4); Monday-Friday; 8:00 a.m.-noon or 1-5 p.m.

  • Fundamentals of Culinary Arts (full)
  • Fundamental of Baking & Pastry (full)

Session 2 - July 18-Aug. 5; Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-noon or 1-5 p.m.

  • Fundamentals of Culinary Arts (full)
  • Fundamentals of Baking & Pastry (full)