Youth Apprenticeships

Scholars working in woodshop

We value work based learning at CCSMS and encourage internships and apprenticeships. We have scholars actively involved in the Youth Apprenticeship Program in collaboration with Trident Technical College. Our CCSMS scholars are highly regarded in this program and have gained paid apprenticeships at Boeing and Bosch while earning dual credit for HS and college for free. If your scholar is in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade this is an amazing opportunity for them for next school year. This program includes free college course credits and professional credentials.

Regional employers in a variety of industries are offering rising high school juniors, seniors and graduating seniors the opportunity to get paid to learn as youth apprentices. Youth apprentices receive paid on-the-job training along with job-related education at Trident Technical College. The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce helps ensure funding to cover the costs of tuition, books, and materials for the apprenticeship-related college courses.



Two-year apprenticeship opportunities are available in the following areas:

  • Engineering Assistant – Engineer pathway (for scholars enrolled in PLTW classes at their high school)
  • Engineering Assistant – Engineering Technician pathway (for scholars enrolled in PLTW classes at their high school)
  • Industrial Mechanics
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Hotel Operations
  • EMT (open only to rising and graduating seniors)
  • CNA/Pre-Nursing
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Computer Networking
  • Junior Computer Programming
  • Cybersecurity
  • Civil CAD Technician
  • Automotive
  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration/HVAC
  • Security/Pre-Law Enforcement*
  • Bookkeeping/Pre-Accounting


Scholars who participate in and complete the two-year program will receive:

  • Two years of paid employment and mentoring from an industry professional
  • A high school diploma (if not already granted)
  • One year of college credit from TTC free of charge
  • A completion certificate for coursework that may be applied to an associate degree
  • National credentials from the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Two years of work experience
  • Marketable skills for life

To be eligible for a two-year youth apprenticeship, a scholar must:

  • Be a rising junior, senior or graduating senior
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Achieve qualifying ACCUPLACER Placement Test scores
  • Be willing and able to commit to the full two years of the program
  • Demonstrate academic readiness and responsibility
  • Have reliable transportation to work and to school
  • Be legally able to work in the U.S.