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Midlands Youth Apprenticeship Program Recruiting Students; Information Session to be Held February 1

An information session about the Midlands Youth Apprenticeship will be held February 1 at Heyward Career and Technology CenteIn partnership with Midlands Technical College (MTC) and Apprenticeship Carolina, the Columbia Chamber is recruiting new participants in the Midlands Youth Apprenticeship Program (MYA) in 2023.

Launched in 2018, MYA is a program designed to help create a talent pipeline for area businesses while creating a viable work-based learning opportunity for students during high school. MYA students are registered apprentices who work part-time with local companies while they take classes at their high school and MTC. At the end of the two-year program, students will have earned a high school diploma, college credits in a specific field from Midlands Technical College, U.S. Department of Labor credential and two years of paid work experience. This combination through MYA equips a student with the skills and experience to make them ready on day one to work in the specialized positions that companies require.

“The MYA program teaches invaluable skills to make students competitive in the workplace,” said Carl Blackstone, president and CEO of the Columbia Chamber. “Graduates of this program get a two-year head start on their future and employers gain a career-ready workforce.”

Richland One high school juniors and seniors and families who are interested in learning more about the program can attend an information session on February 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Heyward Career and Technology Center’s Conference Center (3560 Lynhaven Drive, Columbia, SC 29204). Click here to register for the session.

The MYA Program provides businesses and organizations the unique chance to meet qualified high-school students from a variety of interests and backgrounds.

For more information regarding the Midlands Youth Apprenticeship Program, please visit Those interested in joining MYA are encouraged to view testimonials from previous participants and their families. Businesses interested in participating may contact the Columbia Chamber.