The SC Technical College System has received a $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration to increase and diversify apprenticeships in the state.
The grant is part of the ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grant and represents a push to help states advance registered apprenticeship as a workforce development strategy and post-secondary education career path. The grant aims to support integrated statewide apprenticeship strategies to meet demand for programs in traditional and nontraditional industries and to increase apprenticeships for workers, particularly low-income and underrepresented populations.
The SC Technical College System grant, the SC Apprenticeship Initiative Expansion, is designed to expand youth and pre-apprenticeship opportunities, continue return on investment study across all industries, promote STEM Premier and SC Future Makers programs and increase the availability of dual enrollment programs.
“The SC Technical College System and its Apprenticeship Carolina program are dedicated to increasing the awareness and use of registered apprenticeships in South Carolina,” said Susan Pretulak, vice president of economic development for the SC Technical College System. “We know from experience that apprenticeships can go a long way to bridging the skills gap that so many companies across our state face.”
The SC Technical College System is made up of 16 colleges across the state and serves more than a quarter million South Carolinians each year.