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November 16, 2021

$135,000 Grant Expands Apprenticeships for Diverse Participants

The Midlands Technical College Foundation has received a $135,000 grant from Colonial Life.

The funds support software engineering education through Create Opportunity at Midlands Technical College. The equity driven workforce development initiative partners with area employers to fund software engineering education and apprenticeships for diverse participants, particularly those from non-technical backgrounds.

“The grant aligns with our core values: having a caring spirit and a passion for delivering results. We are proud to partner with Create Opportunity Columbia to support aspiring software engineers as they build skills that are critical to the success of businesses, government and non-profit organizations throughout our community,” said Colonial Life President, Tim Arnold.

As a program partner, MTC guides participants through a 6-month training that prepares them for the two-year apprenticeship. Create Opportunity launched its second cohort in late August at Midlands Technical College. The 10 participants of diverse backgrounds will become fully employed software engineers after completing the course in March 2022. Two of these participants are scheduled to start apprenticeships with full benefits at Colonial Life in April 2022.

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