Easily get the experience you need for your future career through a registered apprenticeship program. These programs combine your current high school curriculum with critical on-the-job training from a local employer. As a youth apprentice, you will receive education and skills while earning a paycheck. Upon successful completion, you will have highly sought-after skills and experience that could make your career possibilities limitless. Course tuition, fees and books are covered through CCTC.
Possible Youth Apprenticeship Occupations Available:
- Machine Tool Technology
- Environmental, Health & Safety
- Administrative Office Technology
- Certified Nursing Assistant
- Environmental Engineering Technology
- Wastewater Operator
- Engineering Design
- Rising high school senior in Sumter, Lee, Kershaw, or Clarendon County (public or private school)
- 16 years of age or older*
- Must be “college ready” or meet Next Generation ACCUPLACER test score requirements
- Submit a complete application packet
- Complete a free Career Readiness Training program through CCTC
- Employers may have other requirements
*Some employers may require participating students to be 18 years old by August of 2020
Learn and Earn
This is a “learn and earn” opportunity and students must be hired by one of the participating employers in order to become a youth apprentice. Once applications are sent to the companies, all hiring decisions are made by the employers. Central Carolina Technical College does not “place” applicants with companies, and students must be prepared to go on job interviews and regularly check their phone and email messages. Be sure and check your messages! Upon successful completion of the program students may earn:
- High school diploma
- Academic credit toward a CCTC Certificate program
- Credential from the U.S. Department of Labor
- Up to one year of work experience
It Can Be Competitive
As with any job search and application process, there is no guarantee that a student will be hired. This is not to discourage interested students from applying, but it is a competitive program.
This is a One-Year Commitment
Once a student is hired as a youth apprentice, he or she makes a good faith, one-year commitment to the employer and to the corresponding CCTC certificate program. Even if a youth apprentice moves through the college curriculum at an accelerated pace, companies are hiring with the expectation that the apprentice will be with them for the entire program.
Reliable Transportation Is a Must
Youth apprentices must have reliable transportation to work and to attend CCTC classes. This may mean a parent or other responsible licensed driver needs to provide rides to work and school.
Grades and Attendance Matter
Youth apprentices are required to be successful in their CCTC courses. Youth apprentices are expected to attend every class session and complete all assignments by their due date. Youth apprentices who fail a required course will be responsible for the cost of retaking it, and failing grades may jeopardize their continuation in the program and/or their eligibility to receive Lottery Tuition Assistance.
Expect Out-of-Pocket Expenses
Some examples of anticipated expenses include:
2. Appropriate footwear for employment
The Youth Apprenticeship Curriculum Leads to a Certificate
The required courses in each apprenticeship pathway lead to a certificate from Central Carolina Technical College. This is not an associate degree program. Youth apprentices may take additional courses leading to a two-year degree, but those costs are not covered by the Youth Apprenticeship Program.
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