The Santee-Lynches Career Development Breakfast was held Friday, January 25 at Central Carolina Technical College’s Main Campus in Sumter in partnership with the SC Department of Commerce. Attendees included school counselors, career specialists, assistant principals, principals, superintendents and other district staff in the communities of Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter counties. Those in attendance had the opportunity to learn about opportunities and resources at CCTC. “The Santee-Lynches Career Development Breakfast highlights the efforts and strides of CCTC, which is committed to securing successful futures of students in Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter counties. Keeping district staff informed with new and prominent opportunities for their students allows for them to make informed decisions about their career goals while in high school and beyond,” says CCTC Regional Career Specialist Ta Haynesworth.

CCTC’s President Dr. Michael Mikota welcomed each guest and spoke about new apprenticeship opportunities at the college. An Industry Panel with representatives from Bicycle Corporation of America, Caterpillar Hydraulics and Continental Tire was held which gave these industry leaders the opportunity to express how beneficial apprenticeship programs are to both the student and the industry. Other participating companies for the Youth Apprenticeship program are BD, Caterpillar Precision Pin and Kaydon. The program is limited to rising seniors in Sumter and Clarendon counties. Central Carolina Technical College connects qualified students with participating employers. Employers will then interview and hire students at a rate of $11 an hour. Students will begin employment at one of these companies while taking high school and college courses.

For more information about CCTC’s Youth Apprenticeship programs, a Student/Parent Night will be held February 26, 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Training Center located on Broad Street in Sumter. Students will have an opportunity to meet with companies and get more information about these apprenticeships.

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