Meeting the Challenge for More Technical Jobs

  The Laurens County Development Corporation held it’s Annual Meeting Friday at Lakeside Country Club. Referring to the economic development announcements over recent years, LCDC Chairman Jim Coleman told the gathering “the Good Lord has blessed Laurens County in the past 4 to 5 years.”

  LCDC Executive Director Marvin Moss addressed the need of getting the local population trained for the jobs being created. He introduced Susan Pretulak to speak on that subject. She’s the Vice President for Economic Development with the Workforce Competitiveness program of the South Carolina Technical College System. She talked about the increasing need for a technically skilled workforce, and how the state’s technical college system is addressing that need. Ms. Pretulak said a new program addressing that need is Apprenticeship Carolina, the newest component of the South Carolina Technical College System, which began in 2008.

  “Apprenticeship Carolina is to help companies around South Carolina develop registered  apprenticeship programs to upscale their existing workforce to 100% competency.”

  Susan Pretulak said that jobs are becoming more complex, requiring more technical skills for jobs available here in South Carolina and across the country. 

 “We see that nationally. That was one of the reasons I wanted to show the statistics today. That is a national phenomenon. We need more skills for the existing jobs that we have. I think having a well skilled maintenance technician for a well skilled production employee helps promote productivity. And the United States needs to continue to have a productive workforce.”

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