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November 4, 2021

McMaster: Program addresses labor shortage; OCtech’s Tobin says money will help students

South Carolina’s technical college students may be eligible for extra help through a new program designed to address the state’s labor shortage by providing scholarships to cover the cost of tuition and required fees.

Gov. Henry McMaster announced Wednesday that $17 million will be invested into the Workforce Scholarships for the Future pilot program. The money comes from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund.

He also called on state lawmakers to provide $124 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to extend the program through June 30, 2024.

“South Carolina must be proactive in addressing the labor shortage. This funding will take on the crisis head-on by providing thousands of South Carolinians with the skills needed to thrive in a number of high-demand careers,” McMaster said in a release.

“With this investment of $124 million into our most important resource — our people — we can ensure that South Carolina will have the workforce needed to attract further jobs and investment from companies worldwide,” he said.

McMaster, S.C. Technical College System President Dr. Tim Hardee and representatives from the state’s 16 technical colleges formally announced the initiative during a press conference Wednesday afternoon at AFL Global in Duncan.