TTC Names New Director of Apprenticeship Programs

October 14, 2009

CHARLESTON, SC – October 14, 2009 – Trident Technical College has named Mitchell R. Harp as the new director of apprenticeship programs. In this role, he is responsible for working with local industries to establish federally registered apprenticeship programs, which combine on-the-job training with classroom instruction. 

After completing a federally registered program, apprentices hold an industry-wide recognized credential, a U.S. Department of Labor journeyworker certificate, providing increased opportunities for job advancement. More than 1,000 occupations can qualify for registered apprenticeships in traditional industries such as manufacturing and construction as well as new emerging industries such as health care, information technology, energy and telecommunications.

As a former training and development director for TTC’s Continuing Education and Economic Development division, a position he held for 10 years, Harp negotiated cooperative agreements with the local health care community to establish programs for student externships and career placement. He was also responsible for conducting strategic planning and need assessments for entry-level occupation health care training, which resulted in the development of several new health care programs to meet the needs of the local economy. Additionally, Harp serves in the United States Naval Reserve as a Medical Service Corps Officer for the Operational Health Support Unit Jacksonville command. He has 23 years of service and holds the rank of Commander. Harp holds an M.A. in business and management from Webster University and a B.S. in medical technology from the Medical University of South Carolina. 

Companies seeking information about the apprenticeship programs should contact Harp at 843-574-6979 or [email protected].

Mitchell Harp, director of apprenticeship programs at Trident Technical College, works with local companies to develop registered apprenticeship programs in the Lowcountry.