The SunTrust Foundation helped kick off the fourth year of the regional Youth Apprenticeship Program by making a $20,000 donation, according to a press release from the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.
“The SunTrust Foundation remains committed to providing support for the Charleston Youth Apprenticeship Program that was started in 2014,” Mark Lattanzio, SunTrust Bank's Charleston region president, said. “ What’s important to area employers is important to us. The Youth Apprenticeship Program has grown exponentially in three years and is now becoming a national model. That’s no surprise since workforce development is a national crisis among employers looking for ways to better identify and grow talent.”
The Youth Apprenticeship Program is a collaborative effort between the Chamber, Trident Technical College and Apprenticeship Carolina. Students who participate will finish high school with two years of work experience and 30 college credit hours.
“The SunTrust Foundation is proud to have provided the Charleston Metro Chamber the resources to provide these high school juniors and seniors books and tuition at Trident Tech," Lattanzio said. "At the same time they are placed in paying jobs with area employers. These students will graduate high school with their high school diploma, two years real-world work experience, credentialization/licensing in their specialty, and be well on their way toward an associate’s degree and most likely a full-time job offer. All debt-free. That is a winning formula to build workforce development success in the Charleston region."
The Chamber offers a full scholarship that covers classes and books to each participant, thanks to the Chambers’s Accelerate 2 campaign. For more information about the apprenticeship program, visit charlestonchamber.net/youthapprentice.