'Teach the Need' preparing Lowcountry students for the workplace

(John Gaddy/WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Some Lowcountry high school students are getting a big opportunity to jump start their careers.

Teach the Need is a new program designed to provide critical training to local students to help them get jobs in the food and beverage industry. The six-week course is taught at Garret Academy, Stall, Burke and North Charleston high schools.

"We start with basic training skills they will need regardless of their jobs," said Mickey Bakst of Charleston Grill, who helped start the initiative. "We start with how to dress, how to speak, punctuality, attendance and talk about things they need to be successful to go out into the business world. Then we train them on the nuts and bolts of how to work in the front of the house of a restaurant."

Bakst says 12 students are in all four of those classes. The will graduate from the course on Dec. 8. Bakst hopes all of the students will be able to find jobs in Lowcountry restaurants.