Agreement aimed at increasing minority-owned business apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship Carolina and the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs have signed an agreement aimed at increasing minority-owned business participation in statewide apprenticeship programs.

"We strive to provide innovative and constructive solutions in support of ethnic minority communities," Delores Dacosta, executive director of the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs, said in a news release. "This agreement will help connect minority-owned businesses with the many opportunities available through Apprenticeship Carolina as well as direct them to grants and other funding opportunities to help offset training costs."

Apprenticeship Carolina, part of the SC Technical College System, promotes registered youth, adult and pre-apprenticeships. Since its inception in 2007, participation in internships statewide has grown from 90 organizations to more than 1,150, with the number of apprentices increasing from 777 to nearly...

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