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Ryan Snyder, 12th grade student at North Caroline High School, recently signed Caroline’s Youth Apprenticeship contract with Rick Breeding Excavating. To finalize the apprenticeship agreement, a signing ceremony was held at the Rick Breeding Excavating offices in Denton.

Ryan, parents Mr. and Mrs. Snyder, Rick Breeding Excavating owner Rick Breeding, and Caroline Career and Technology Center (CCTC) Apprenticeship Coordinator Eric Cook were in attendance to sign documents.  Also in attendance were several CCPS staff who worked with Ryan, including CCTC Principal Courtney Handte, NCHS school counselor Tricia Bolduc and CCTC administrative assistant Stacy DiBlasi.

Prior to beginning the Youth Apprenticeship program, Ryan was in the Automotive Technology Program with teacher Kevin Cahall at CCTC.  Mr. Cahall noted, “Ryan always goes above and beyond to learn and further his education.  He takes pride in his work and will be a valuable member of the automotive team there.  I am incredibly proud of him.”

 “I have known Ryan since elementary school, and I am incredibly proud of his success in Career and Technology Education,” Ms. Handte said. “Both the Automotive Technology Program and Youth Apprenticeship have afforded Ryan the opportunity to thrive as a student.  We are continuing to prepare him for success after high school.”

Rick Breeding Excavating, Inc. is a family owned Civil Construction Company serving the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware since 1981.  The company was started by Rick and Karen Breeding as a small excavation company installing driveways, septic systems, and performing various other residential projects.  During the company's 40 years they have grown and expanded to meet the needs of the area.  Sons Travis, Tyler and Trey have joined the family business and are strategically involved in daily operations.  They treat every project with the same family values they were founded on no matter the project's size, bringing the small company feel and commitment to the residential projects while providing the experience, manpower and equipment to perform multi-million dollar commercial site work projects.

“As the new school year gets underway, it is exciting to see that Caroline County's youth apprenticeship program continues to grow," noted Maryland Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson. "Youth apprenticeship offers high school juniors and seniors in 21 local public school systems - including Caroline County - the ability to earn and learn while preparing their lives and careers after high school. I congratulate all of our hard-working partners in Caroline County and look forward to working with them on future apprenticeship growth initiatives."

More information about the Youth Apprenticeship Program may be found on the Caroline Career & Technology Center website. Local businesses interested in partnering with Youth Apprenticeship or students interested in the program should contact Eric Cook,