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3rd Annual High School STEM Career Fair Highlights Youth Apprenticeships – 2000+ Students Attend

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Over 2000 students arrived on buses from throughout the Charleston region, one after another – these students were chosen by their school to attend the 3rd annual STEM Career Fair at the North Charleston Convention Center October 12.

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Students got to speak directly with professionals from companies keen on doing their part to develop the next generation of high skilled talent for the growing economy in the Charleston region.

Thank you to West Ashley Robotics for providing the wonderful video above! 

Hands on activities sparked conversations, and many students began professional relationships that could lead to a paid youth apprenticeship while still in high school!20171012_101134

Check out the list of participating businesses and schools below, along with a ton of pictures from the event.

But before the students began arriving, the day started with a special breakfast and panel discussion aimed at businesses interested in joining the regions robust Youth Apprenticeship program.

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Ms. Carla Whitlock with Apprenticeship Carolina was the moderator and the expert panel made up of David Hall, Operations Manager for Environmental Express, Inc., Mitchell Harp, Dean of Apprenticeships at Trident Technical College, Karen Winningham, Senior Human Resources Specialist with Robert Bosch Charleston, and Curtiss Schall, a current apprentice with Robert Bosch Charleston.

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Thanks to the following businesses that invested their time to make the 2017 STEM Career Fair possible:
(Companies currently offering Youth Apprenticeships in cooperation with Trident Tech identified) 

Accutec Industries (TTC Apprenticeship)
Berkeley Electric Coop (and TTC Apprenticeship)
Blackbaud (TTC Apprenticeship)
Boeing South Carolina (TTC Apprenticeship)
Build Your Career / CAGC
Charleston County Consolidated 911 Center
Charleston County Government (TTC Apprenticeship)
Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission (TTC Apprenticeship)
Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center
Charleston Southern University
Choate Construction
City of Charleston Police Department
City of North Charleston City Planner
Cummins (TTC Apprenticeship)
Davis & Floyd
DC Machine (TTC Apprenticeship)
Embassy Suites (TTC Apprenticeship)
Floyd Brace Company, Inc
Greystar (TTC Apprenticeship)
Hendrick Automotive (TTC Apprenticeship)
Kiawah Partners (TTC Apprenticeship)
Leatherwood Manufacturing, Inc
MAHLE Charleston
Mediterranean Shipping Company
Mercedes-Benz Vans
MSC Mediterranean Shipping (TTC Apprenticeship)
Nephron Pharmaceuticals
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
North Charleston Fire Department (TTC Apprenticeship)
North Charleston Police Department (TTC Apprenticeship)
Nucor Steel Berkeley
Pinnacle Construction & Directional Boring
Project HOPE
Robert Bosch (TTC Apprenticeship)
Roper St Francis (TTC Apprenticeship)
Safran Electrical and Power
SC Cyber
SC Society of Professional Land Surveyors
South Carolina Aquarium
SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic
St Johns Fire Dept (TTC Apprenticeship)
STEM Premier
Stier Supply Company
Streit USA Armoring
TIGHITCO
Trane
Transworld, Inc Electrical Contractors (Apprenticeships Available)
Tri-County Cradle to Career
Trident Health (TTC Apprenticeship)
Trident Technical College (TTC Apprenticeship)
UEC Electronics
US Dept of Agriculture
Venture Aerobearings (TTC Apprenticeship)
Verizon Costomer Service Center
Volvo Car US Operations
Zeltwanger CNC Mfg LP (TTC Apprenticeship)

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Check out this list of participating schools:

Academic Magnet High School
Baptist Hill Middle High School
Berkeley High School
Buist Academy
Burke High School
Camp Road Middle School
Cane Bay High School
Carver Bay Middle School
CE Williams Middle School
Charleston Charter School for Math and Science
Coastal Montessori Charter School
Cross High School
Cyber Academy of SC
Daniel Jenkins Academy
Dorchester County Career and Technology Center
Dorchester County Career and Technology Center, Trolley Road
Fort Dorchester High School
Garrett Academy of Technology
Georgetown Middle School
Goose Creek High School
Hanahan High School
Haut Gap Middle School
James Island Charter High School
Military Magnet Academy
Montessori Community School
Morningside Middle School
Northwoods Middle School
R B Stall High School
RB Stall High School
Rosemary Middle School
SC Whitmore School, Virtual School
St. James-Santee Elementary Middle School
St. John’s High School
Stratford High School
Timberland High School
Waccamaw Middle School
West Ashley High School
West Ashley Middle School
Woodland High School
Zucker Middle School

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IMG_3714Mr. Tremayne Smith, an educator from Daniel Jenkins Academy said, “The Career Fair was a great opportunity for our students at Daniel Jenkins to experience the various career options in the workforce. The exposure also generated interest in areas that our students may have never experienced or even considered. It is rewarding to see their interaction with the employees of the various companies and the way they handled the conversation.”

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The event also included student led Robotics Team demos from:

  • Team 342: Fort Dorchester High School “Burning Magnetos”
  • Team 3489: Summerville/ Ashley Ridge High Schools “Category 5”
  • Team 3490: Cane Bay High School “Viper Drive”
  • Team 9623 West Ashley High School “WARP Drive”

Thank you to all the sponsors that enable this event to be staged at NO COST to our students – here are the event’s lead sponsors:

  • Charleston County Economic Development
  • Nephron Pharmaceuticals
  • City of North Charleston
  • Trident Technical College
  • Charleston Regional Business Journal / SC Biz
  • Apprenticeship Carolina

Please enjoy these additional pictures taken during the event – Even more pictures taken by SC Biz staff member available here.

Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day 2017

CCSD Students Put Their Names on the Dotted Line at Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day

North Charleston, SC – Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day might not have the same national notoriety as National Signing Day. However, in the Lowcountry, this regional collaborative effort with school districts, businesses, and organizations is picking up steam.

The 4th Annual Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day was held at Trident Technical College (TTC) August 8, 2017. Sixty-one students, including 27 from Charleston County School District (CCSD), made their commitment to local businesses “official” by signing a document.

“Our Youth Apprenticeship Program is just one of many ways that CCSD prepares students to be college, career, and citizenship ready,” said Rich Gordon, CCSD’s Career and Technology Education Executive Director. “Apprenticeships, aligned with the appropriate classroom instruction, provide rigorous and relevant academic, technical, and employability training for a wide variety of high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand 21st century careers.”

Modeled after National Signing Day, where high school student-athletes sign National Letters of Intent to colleges or universities where they will play a sport, Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day gives students who are going into the workforce at a young age a similar experience when it comes to excitement and importance.

“This event provides us with the opportunity to celebrate the most exciting educational initiative I have experienced in my entire career,” said Trident Technical College President Mary Thornley. “It is exciting because this program has power. It has the power to change lives in remarkable ways and the power to accelerate our economy and build a strong community. It is also exciting because it is a shining example of the type of change that can occur when multiple organizations work together in a united effort to achieve a common goal.”

Special thanks to signing day’s  keynote speaker Amy Firestone from the US Department of Labor.  And special thanks to Debbie Meuli, formally with local manufacturer IFA Rotorion, for sharing the story on how the Charleston region’s Youth Apprenticeship program began over 4 years ago with a meeting she hosted after the president of her company asked, “Where are my Youth Apprentices?”

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Thanks to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, and their Accelerate Greater Charleston initiative, the participating students’ college tuition and fees were taken care of for the inaugural cohort, and this wonderful support for the Charleston’s Youth Apprenticeship program continues today!

The following CCSD students and graduates participated in the 2017 Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day:

Academic Magnet HS
Kevin Boyd, Class of 2019 (CNA/Pre-Nursing with Roper St. Francis Healthcare)
Jared Lipton, Class of 2019 (CNA/Pre-Nursing with East Cooper Medical)
Burke HS
Sheniah Everson, Classic of 2019 (CNA/Pre-Nursing with Roper St. Francis Healthcare)
Charleston Charter School of Math and Science
Jackson Beall, Class of 2019 (Industrial Mechanic with Bosch)
Nicholas Brennan, Class of 2017 (Networking with Trident Technical College)
Charles Gries, Class of 2018 (EMT with North Charleston Fire Department)
Garrett Academy of Technology
NyAsia Green, Class of 2019 (Bookkeeping with Greystar)
James Island Charter HS
John C. Geiger, Class of 2017 (Industrial Mechanic with VTL Precision)
Magjholy Miller, Class of 2018 (Culinary Arts with Kiawah Partners)
R.B. Stall HS
Joshua Blackwell, Class of 2019 (Auto Mechanic with Hendrick Automotive)
Kyra Kriseman, Class of 2017 (Hotel Operations with Hyatt Place)
Cameron Lattimore-Johnson, Class of 2017 (Auto Mechanic with Hendrick Automotive)
Kyle Masterson, Class of 2018 (Industrial Mechanic with Cummins)
Wando HS
Marco Barrera, Class of 2018 (EMT with Dorchester EMS)
Frederica Baldassarre, Class of 2017 (EMT with Dorchester EMS)
Patrick Boyle, Class of 2018 (Programming with NetGalaxy)
Holt Davis, Class of 2017 (EMT with Roper St. Francis Healthcare)
Callie Drinko, Class of 2019 (Auto Mechanic with Anderson Automotive)
Parker Frontz, Class of 2018 (Auto Mechanic with Hendrick Automotive)
Porter Rice, Class of 2018 (Auto Mechanic with Anderson Automotive)
Allison Shipp, Class of 2018 (Civil CAD with Meador)
Colin McIntire, Class of 2018 (Auto Mechanic with Hendrick Automotive)
West Ashley HS
Julian Aycock, Class of 2018 (Auto Mechanic with MINI of Charleston)
Tyler Brooks, Class of 2018 (Auto Mechanic with Jones Ford)
Briana Brown, Class of 2017 (Medical Office Assistant with Roper St. Francis Healthcare)
Ashley King, Class of 2017 (Networking with Blackbaud)
Tre Scott-Johnson, Clas of 2018 (Security / Pre-Law Enforcement)

CCSD Youth Apprentices hired in 2016, now continuing into their 2nd year of the program:

Academic Magnet HS
Michael Pi, Class of 2018 (Programming with Boeing SC)
Damon Otero, Class of 2018 (Networking with Kotori)
Garrett Academy of Technology
Ty’Celia M. Young, Class of 2018 (Industrial Mechanics with VTL Presicion)
James Island Charter HS
Robert D. Paige, Class of 2018 (Industrial Mechanics with Bosch)
R.B. Stall HS
Ian K. Cole, Class of 2018 (Industrial Mechanics with IFA Rotorion)
West Ashley HS
Khaseem Capers, Class of 2016 (HVAC with Limric)
Malik Miller, Class of 2016 (HVAC with Cullum)
Keenah Saunders, Class of 2017 (Medical Office Assistant with Roper St. Francis Healthcare)

Special thanks to all the amazing partners that ensure this opportunity is available for students in the Charleston region, including: the host companies in 16 career pathways, Trident Technical College, Apprenticeship Carolina, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the US Department of Labor, and educators in schools throughout the community.

To learn more about Youth Apprenticeships, please visit this page on the Trident Technical College website: http://www.tridenttech.edu/career/workforce/car_youth_apprenticeships.htm

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21 CCSD Students Starting Youth Apprenticeships with Local Companies

Congratulations to the 21 CCSD students that have been hired as Youth Apprentices and accepted at Trident Technical College for job related education – here is the roster by school:

Student # Program Grad Year School Hired by
1 Computer Programming 2017 Academic Magnet BCSD
2 Industrial Mechanics 2016 Charleston Charter Cummins
3 Culinary 2017 Garrett Academy High Cotton
4 Culinary 2017 Garrett Academy The Vendue
5 Industrial Mechanics 2017 Garrett Academy VTL
6 Machine Tool Tech. 2016 James Island Charter TorqTek
7 Hotel Operations 2017 Military Magnet Charming Inns
8 Culinary 2016 North Charleston The Vendue
9 Boat Manufacturing 2016 R.B. Stall Key West Boats
10 Boat Manufacturing 2016 R.B. Stall Key West Boats
11 Boat Manufacturing 2017 R.B. Stall Key West Boats
12 Hotel Operations 2016 R.B. Stall Holiday Inn Express
13 Culinary 2017 St. John’s HS Kiawah Island
14 Hotel Operations 2017 St. John’s HS Kiawah Island
15 Hotel Operations 2017 St. John’s HS Kiawah Island
16 Hotel Operations 2017 St. John’s HS Mills House Wyndham
17 Computer Networking 2017 Wando CCSD
18 Culinary 2017 Wando Wild Dunes
19 Computer Networking 2016 West Ashley City of Charleston
20 Culinary 2017 West Ashley Post House
21 Industrial Mechanics 2017 West Ashley BOSCH

Students in this program are interviewed and hired by local companies in 7 pathways:
Hospitality and Culinary Arts
Hotel Operations Youth Apprenticeships
Culinary Arts Youth Apprenticeship
Manufacturing
Boating Manufacturers’ Youth Apprenticeship
Industrial Mechanics Youth Apprenticeship
Machine Tool (CNC) Youth Apprenticeship
Information Technology
Computer Networking Youth Apprenticeship
Computer Programming Youth Apprenticeship

Learn more about this wonderful partnership between local industry, Trident Technical College, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, and all 4 local school districts HERE.
Read the story on youth apprenticeships recently published in the Post and Courier HERE.

 

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Youth Apprenticeships for Students Interested in Manufacturing Careers – Info Night Feb 12 at TTC

Are you interested in becoming an Industrial Mechanic?

Would you like to learn more about a career using CNC Machine Tool Technology?

Charleston Manufacturers will be offering rising high school juniors the opportunity to “earn while they learn” through the Youth Apprenticeships program.

If you would like to learn more about this great opportunity for current CCSD sophomores, meet participating employers, and find out how to apply for next year’s program, please join us on February 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm in Building 920 Room 791.

See THIS FLYER for more details, including the list of host companies, and speak with your CTE Teacher and Guidance Counselor about this terrific opportunity.

Information Night Location:
Trident Technical College Main Campus
7000 Rivers Avenue – Charleston, SC 29406

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More information on youth apprenticeships in South Carolina from Apprenticeship Carolina: http://www.apprenticeshipcarolina.com/youth-apprenticeship.html

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Youth Apprenticeships for Computer Networking and Computer Programming Majors – Info Night Feb 26 at TTC

Are you a Computer Networking or Computer Programming Major, or interested in a professional career in an Information Technology field?

Charleston Information Technology employers will be offering rising high school juniors the opportunity to “earn while they learn” through youth apprenticeships!

If you would like to learn more about this great opportunity, meet participating employers and find out how to apply for next year’s program, please join us on February 26, 2015 at 6:30 pm, Building 920 Room 791.

See THIS FLYER for more details, including the list of participating business partners.

Please speak with your CTE Teacher and Guidance Counselor for additional information. 

Information Night Location: Building 920  Room 791
Trident Technical College Main Campus
7000 Rivers Avenue – Charleston, SC 29406

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More information on youth apprenticeships in South Carolina from Apprenticeship Carolina: http://www.apprenticeshipcarolina.com/youth-apprenticeship.html

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Attention Hospitality and Culinary Majors: Youth Apprenticeship Info Night 6:30pm Feb 5 at TTC

Attention current sophomores interested in Hotel Operations & Culinary Arts!

Charleston hospitality organizations will be offering rising high school juniors the opportunity to “earn while they learn” through paid youth apprenticeships!

If you would like to learn more about this great opportunity, meet participating employers and find out how to apply for next year’s program, please join us on February 5, 2015 at 6:30 pm, Building 920, Room 791

See THIS FLYER for more details, including the extensive list of participating local businesses, and speak with your CTE Teacher and Guidance Counselor to determine if this opportunity is a good fit for you.

Location: Building 920, Room 791
Trident Technical College Main Campus
7000 Rivers Avenue – Charleston, SC 29406

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More information on youth apprenticeships in South Carolina from Apprenticeship Carolina: http://www.apprenticeshipcarolina.com/youth-apprenticeship.html

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