From Robert Kittle’s article on the WCBD News 2 website:
South Carolina is the first state in the nation with a paid bus shop apprenticeship program that gives high school students a paying job, class credit, and hands-on job experience.
The program is up and running in only four of the state’s 50-plus school bus maintenance shops, but state education superintendent Molly Spearman hopes to expand it statewide. She says, “We were just talking a few months ago about how difficult it is to get bus mechanics, and also the importance of having students getting hands-on experience, so we came up with the idea: why don’t we do this in our bus shops?”
Kobe Amaker, an 18-year-old senior at Dreher High in Columbia, is one of the first apprentices in the program. “Doing this, it’s a good result in itself. If I graduate and start right now I’d be making decent money doing this, good money, actually,” he says.