Students from Daniel Jenkins Academy Visit HVAC Lab at Trident Technical College

Students in Ms. Shekema Hamm’s Career and Technology Education program at Daniel Jenkins Academy recently received a campus tour of Trident Technical College from recruiting representative, Mr. Mark Yearty.
Mr. Yearty stressed the importance of 3 things to the students interested in attending TTC after high school:
  1. Completing their application for admission on time
  2. Submitting their high school transcript with grades they can be proud to share
  3. Earning qualifying test scores on the SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer tests for admission

Students enjoyed a quick visit to the Culinary Arts facilities on the way to their primary destination for the day: The HVAC lab.

Students got to see live demonstrations by the HVAC Program Coordinator, Mr. Pressley Baker.

“Mr. Baker was awesome with the students”, said Ms. Hamm. He shared the high demand for HVAC skilled workers in Charleston, and throughout South Carolina. He encouraged the students to find out more about the Youth Apprenticeship program. The students were very interested to learn how graduates of his TTC program can find good paying jobs just about anywhere they want to live across the nation thanks to over 9,000 jobs available for HVAC workers available.  The entry level pay and future earning potential for skilled HVAC technicians is truly excellent in Charleston, and beyond!? Ms. Hamm said, “This Structured Field Study experience was a huge success. One student says he definitely wants a career in HVAC. Another student said that he is definitely considering HVAC as a career option!”

Check out these additional pictures of the students’ visit to Trident Tech –

Thanks to all that made this work-based learning opportunity possible!

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16-17 Youth Apprenticeships Information Session Schedule


Paid Youth Apprenticeship Opportunities

Trident Technical College together with regional employers are offering rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to get paid to learn as youth apprentices. Apprentices receive paid on-the-job training with in-the-classroom instruction as dual credit students through TTC’s Workforce Academies. All tuition and costs for youth apprentices are covered by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Apprenticeship opportunities are available in the following areas:

Culinary Arts                           Boat Manufacturing/Fiberglass Finishing                                   HVAC

Hotel Operations                           Junior Computer Programming                  Computer Networking        Medical Office Assisting                   Machine Tool Technology                           Industrial Mechanics

Interested students and parents are encouraged to attend one of our Parent Night Information Sessions in the spring to find out more information and meet participating employers:

MANUFACTURING Boat Manufacturing, Industrial Mechanics, Machine Tool Technology THURSDAY, JANUARY 14


HOSPITALITY & TOURISM Culinary Arts, Hotel Operations THURSDAY, JANUARY 21


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Jr. Computer Programming, Computer Networking THURSDAY, JANUARY 28






All Information Sessions will be held at:

Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Avenue, Charleston, SC 29406 Building 970, Room 106


Youth Apprenticeship Info Session Flyer

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Engineering Students from R. B. Stall HS Tour Scout Boats Manufacturing Facility

SScout Boats Logocout Boats, a local boat manufacturer, invited students from R. B. Stall High School to tour their facility and learn more about the operations.

Mrs. Kimberly Pickett’s students were treated to an extensive tour of the manufacturing facility that produces boats from 17′ to 41′ in length for customers worldwide.


With the strong demand for quality boats, Scout Boats has been steadily increasing production capacity and hiring new team members monthly.

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Scout Boats also participates in the Youth Apprenticeship program, and students were encouraged to consider applying.

Thank you to everyone at Scout Boats for providing this terrific work-based learning opportunity for these students!

Here are additional pictures from the tour:


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
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.



Rising Juniors & Seniors Earn & Learn through Youth Apprenticeships throughout Charleston – Apply ASAP!

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Rising Juniors & Seniors Encouraged to Apply ASAP –

Check out this awesome video from the
Youth Apprenticeships Signing Day event last summer!

March 26, 2015 – Businesses from around the Lowcounty are offering 11th- and 12th-grade students unprecedented opportunities to learn while they earn. With the collaboration of economic and educational leaders in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties, Trident Technical College (TTC) has established a Youth Apprenticeship Program aimed at training and educating the next generation of highly-skilled workers across a broad spectrum of industries.

Partnering companies listed on each sheet. Students should discuss this opportunity with their guidance counselor and teachers, as well as their parents before applying. Click on the sheet below that aligns with your career interest!

Hospitality and Culinary Arts 
Hotel Operations Youth Apprenticeships | Coursework Chart
Culinary Arts Youth Apprenticeship Coursework Chart

Boating Manufacturers’ Youth Apprenticeship | Coursework Chart
Industrial Mechanics Youth Apprenticeship | Coursework Chart
Machine Tool (CNC) Youth Apprenticeship | Coursework Chart

Information Technology
Computer Networking Youth Apprenticeship | Coursework Chart
Computer Programming Youth Apprenticeship | Coursework Chart


SAVE THE DATE – June 9, 2015 is Youth Apprenticeships Signing Day!

From culinary and hospitality to manufacturing and information technology, approximately 40 area companies from these sectors have joined forces with TTC and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce to offer positions to high school students in four local school districts.

TTC and Apprenticeship Carolina, a division of the S.C. Technical College System, facilitated the creation of this collaborative approach to career readiness and workforce development. The programs begin in August, and students are encouraged to apply now for an apprenticeship in their preferred field. Those selected for a position will gain invaluable skills and experience under the individualized guidance of an industry mentor.

Apprenticeships are open to any qualifying high school junior or senior interested in computer programming, computer networking, culinary arts, fiberglass finishing, hotel operations and industrial mechanics or machining. Apprentices receive paid on-the-job training through part-time employment with participating companies while attending high school and taking college-level industry-related courses at TTC as dual-credit students. All tuition and costs associated with the relevant TTC courses are paid for by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Students who successfully complete the two-year program will receive a high school diploma, a certificate from TTC that can be applied toward an associate’s degree and a journeyman credential from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Manufacturing partners ready to hire youth apprentices include Aero Precision Products, Briteline Extrusions, Cummins Turbo Technologies, Detyens Shipyard, Excel Apparatus Services, IFA Rotorion North America, Key West Boats, Robert Bosch, Scout Boats, Sportsman Boats, TorqTek Design & Manufacturing, Thrace LINQ, Venture Aerobearings, VTL Precision (Charleston) and Zeltwanger, LP.

Partners from the culinary and hospitality industries include Charleston Cooks, Halls Chophouse, High Cotton, Post House, Rita’s Seaside Grill, Slightly North of Broad, The Vendue, Tides at Folly, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Wild Dunes, Courtyard Charleston Mt. Pleasant, Fulton Lane Inn, Hyatt Place Charleston Airport/Convention Center, King Charles Inn, Kings Courtyard Inn, Rutledge House, The Mills House Wyndam Grand Hotel and Wentworth Mansion.

Information technology partners include Berkeley County School District, Charleston County School District, City of Charleston, Santee Cooper Electric and Trident Technical College.

For information about how to apply for the Youth Apprenticeship Program, students should talk to their high school guidance counselor. Students and parents may also contact Tanisha Hook in TTC’s Office of High School Programs at 843.574.6061 or or Ellen Kaufman at843.574.6990 or