Melissa Stowasser with Trident Technical College was the guest speaker at today’s breakfast meeting. She provided an inspiring talk about the success of the Youth Apprenticeship Program.
The Youth Apprentice Program started in 2014 in order to address the local critical workforce needs. Today, there are currently 118
apprentices and 160 registered companies. DI Rotary Club is a major contributor to this program and donated $30,000 in 2019 from the Duck Race Proceeds. These funds were used for books, tools and equipment and tuition for 68 students. When a student is enrolled in the program and graduates from high school, they receive 1/2 of their credits towards an associate’s degree, a credential from the US Department of Labor, 2 years of work experience in which they have received payment. Trident Technical College is one of the leading collaborators with youth apprenticeship programs nationally and the DI Rotary Club is proud to have been an early supporter of this program.
Rotarian Bob Wood told “his story” from being a child of a preacher and growing up in the northeast to graduating with a post graduate degree as a Buckeye and his distinguished career as a nuclear engineer. Upcoming service projects include the opportunity to fill the Christmas “wish lists” of some of our local community children. And don’t forget the chance for fellowship at the Rotary Club Christmas party on Dec. 18th. There promises to be a visit from a special “Ho Ho Ho” fellow.