Rotary Club of Daniel Island donates $30,000 to youth apprenticeship program

Pictured at the check presentation on the college’s Thornley Campus in North Charleston are: (front row, from left) Dr. Bill Greene, vice president, Rotary Club of Daniel Island; Melissa Stowasser, assistant vice president of community partnerships, Trident Technical College; Scott Varn, president, Rotary Club of Daniel Island; Mary Thornley, president, Trident Technical College; Lisa Piccolo, vice president for development and executive director of the Trident Technical College Foundation; (back row, from left) Bob Walker, vice president for continuing education and economic development, Trident Technical College; Bill Cannon, president-elect, Rotary Club of Daniel Island, and Derek Epperson, Rotary Club of Daniel Island.

Representatives of the Rotary Club of Daniel Island met with Trident Technical College officials Sept. 26 to present a check for $30,000 to support students in the Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship program. The donation will be used to cover the cost of tuition, college books and other materials needed by student apprentices, ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to participate in the program, regardless of their family’s financial situation. Students in the apprenticeship program take both high school and apprenticeship-related college classes while working at their sponsor companies, which offer paid, on-the-job work experience. Students graduate with a high school diploma, a Trident Tech certificate, two years of work experience, and a nationally recognized U.S. Department of Labor journeymen credential.