State invests $17M in scholarships to address labor shortages.

To address South Carolina's labor shortages, the state is investing $17 million to provide technical college scholarships to 15,000 adults or high school graduates.

Gov. Henry McMaster, joined by officials from the S.C. Chamber of Commerce, the S.C. Department ofEmployment and Workforce, the SC Technical College System and others, made the announcement last week, saying the state has to be "proactive in addressing the labor shortage."

The $17 million investment will create a Workforce Scholarships for the Future pilot program, and McMaster is calling on the General Assembly to provide another $124 million in AmericanRescue Plan Act to keep the program running through June 30, 2024.

"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. "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 fromcompanies worldwide."

Scholarships will cover the cost of tuition and required fees. However, they may only be used forassociate degrees or industry credentials in high-demand careers, including manufacturing,health care, computer science and information technology, transportation distribution...

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