Governor Henry McMaster announced an additional investment of $25 million in Workforce Scholarships for the Future.
The program provides scholarships to cover tuition and fees required at one of South Carolina’s 16 technical colleges for any adult or recent high school graduate to pursue an industry degree or an engineering degree. associate in high-demand career fields like manufacturing, healthcare, scientific computing or logistics.
“Workforce for the Future awards will help provide our employees with well-paying jobs and our businesses with the skilled workforce they need to succeed,” McMaster said in a statement.
“We are ensuring that South Carolina’s economic success continues for generations and that South Carolina families benefit,” he said.
In early 2021, McMaster invested $12 million in the Governors Educational Emergency Relief Fund in the SC Technical College System to train South Carolinas for available and in-demand jobs in the state.
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By the end of the year, 5,000 South Carolinians had been requalified and employed.
Due to this success, McMaster officially established Workforce Scholarships for the Future in November 2021.
The latest investment of $25 million, combined with $39 million allocated by the General Assembly in this year’s state budget, is expected to be used to train or retrain approximately 40,000 South Carolinians.
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College President Dr. Walt Tobin said, “South Carolina technical colleges – and OCtech in particular – are committed to providing a high-quality academic experience for students as they work to improve their lives and those of their families.
“For several years, we have been committed to providing tuition-free post-secondary education and training programs to Orangeburg and Calhoun residents to reduce cost as a barrier.”
He added, “These additional funds will help the college pursue its mission of promoting the success and independence of our students and fostering the economic development of our region.
“We are the first step on the road to the American Dream, and I hope anyone looking to start or restart a career will take full advantage of all that OCtech has to offer.”
To date, 6,198 South Carolina residents have been trained through this program, including:
• 825 caregivers
• 775 commercial drivers
• 616 emergency medical technicians
• 208 drivers
• 107 power line workers