New scholarships available to address labor shortages

The Workforce for the Future Scholarship program covers tuition fees for South Carolina residents enrolled in a high-demand major at South Carolina technical colleges, including Greenville Technical College. These areas include healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality/tourism, construction, transportation and distribution, logistics, criminal justice, early care, education, human services, and more. School officials at Greenville Technical College told WYFF News 4 that the goal is to produce a highly skilled workforce, reduce the cost of higher education, and make higher education more accessible. Larry Miller, Chief Academic Officer at Greenville, said, “We are 1,000% excited about this program. It will really benefit our students. It lowers the cost of their degree, and will help our local businesses attract and retain talent,” said Larry Miller, Senior Academic Officer. Academics at Greenville Technical College. Karl Sobosinski, founder and president of Greenville-based restaurant group Table 301, told WYFF News 4 that some of the vacancies have been difficult to fill. Sobosinski said he believes this scholarship program will help. “It makes perfect sense that if people want to learn a skill or a craft, and for me hopefully in the culinary industry and in the hospitality industry, the availability of these scholarships should prompt people to say, ‘Hey, now is the time so I need to go’ Go there and learn these skills because I can get a lot of money for it.Greenville Technical College officials said students enrolled in eligible programs will be automatically enrolled in the Workforce Scholarships for the Future Program. Starts January 1, 2022. School officials said the Workforce Scholarships Program For the Future was initially made possible through the Governor’s Education Emergency Relief (GEER) Fund with Governor Henry McMaster calling on the General Assembly to provide $124 million in US bailout funds for the Plan Act to extend the program through June 2024. For more information, go Here.

The Workforce for the Future Scholarship program covers tuition fees for South Carolina residents enrolled in a high-demand major at South Carolina technical colleges, including Greenville Technical College.

These areas include healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality/tourism, construction, transportation and distribution, logistics, criminal justice, early care, education, human services, and more.

School officials at Greenville Technical College told WYFF News 4 that the goal is to produce a highly skilled workforce, reduce the cost of higher education, and make higher education more accessible.

Larry Miller, Chief Academic Officer at Greenville, said, “We are 1,000% excited about this program. It will really benefit our students. It lowers the cost of their degree, and will help our local businesses attract and retain talent,” said Larry Miller, Senior Academic Officer. Academics at Greenville Technical College.

Karl Sobosinski, founder and president of Greenville-based restaurant group Table 301, told WYFF News 4 that some of the vacancies have been difficult to fill. Sobosinski said he believes this scholarship program will help.

“It makes perfect sense that if people want to learn a skill or a craft, and for me hopefully in the culinary industry and in the hospitality industry, the availability of these scholarships should prompt people to say, ‘Hey, now is the time so I need to go’ Get out there and learn these skills because I can get a lot of money for it.

Officials at Greenville Technical College said students enrolled in eligible programs will be automatically enrolled in the Workforce Scholarships for the Future Program. It starts on January 1, 2022.

School officials said the Workforce for the Future scholarship program was initially made possible through the Governor’s Education Emergency Relief (GEER) fund with Governor Henry McMaster calling on the General Assembly to provide $124 million in USBA funds to extend the program until June 2024.

For more information, go here.

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