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Charleston-area companies sign on dozens of local teens as paid apprentices

The Post and Courier
Emily Williams
July 31, 2019

Over the next several weeks, dozens of local teens as young as 16 will start working at some of the Charleston region’s most sought-after employers. They’ll also get paid for it, earn high school credits and take college courses for free.

At 71 participants, this year’s Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship cohort is the largest yet, said Melissa Stowasser, the assistant vice president of community partnerships at Trident Technical College.

The program, which pairs high school students in the tri-county area with employers for two years of on-the-job experience, has been growing every year since it launched in 2014, both in the number of apprentices and partner companies.

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