The governor is basing his new program on an initiative from right after the pandemic started in early 2020 in which he spent $12 million in federal relief money to pay for 12-week programs to certify people for critical-need jobs, Barton said.
About 4,000 people have taken advantage of the program to become truck drivers, forklift operators or welders. Nearly 500 of them are working as nursing assistants, officials said.
Nursing and other health care jobs will fall under the new program across the state. But Hardee said individual technical schools can adjust based on the biggest needs.
“This will provide high-demand, high-skilled job training in areas like health care, manufacturing, IT and construction."
- South Carolina Technical College System President Tim Hardee
The Upstate might need factory workers with robotics skills, while the coast needs people to work in hospitality and Columbia employers might need computer experts, Hardee said.
To get the scholarships, people will need to remain employed while taking classes or either do 100 hours of community service or take a financial literacy course.