PENDLETON, SC (FOX CAROLINA) - South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster announced a new job training initiative between the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce and the South Carolina Technical College System, according to a press release sent from his office. 

In the release it is mentioned that an estimated 82,000 jobs are available in South Carolina. 

The release also mentions that under the partnership unemployed South Carolinians have the option of exploring short-term retraining programs. It goes on to say the programs are offered at local technical colleges in lieu of conducting weekly job searches. It is also mentioned that upon enrolling in and attending a program, the claimant continues to forgo the weekly job search requirement and receive benefits.

In the release Gov. McMaster says in order to expedite the return to work, the state announced in May it would discontinue its participation in federal unemployment programs which were acting as a barrier to South Carolinians re-entering the workforce. 

“Through the power of our technical colleges we have an opportunity to jump ahead ten years through education,” said Governor Henry McMaster in the release. “We have the culture and people who are ready to take the next step forward and we just need to get them trained and ready for work.”

McMaster made the formal announcement in person at TriCounty Technical College Tuesday morning, standing beside the school's president and other officials. Dr. Galen DeHay told FOX Carolina that this is a partnership and a pipeline from the classroom to the workforce.

"Most of these programs can be completed in 16 weeks or less. Some of these programs can be completed in four weeks," Dehay said. “These are jobs that fall into the logistics supply chain area, information technology, advanced manufacturing, computer technology, and healthcare.”

According to the release, cost of the workforce training program is free to the student because McMaster already allocated $8M in Governor’s Emergency Relief funds to the state’s technical colleges back in January. It will cover the cost of retraining 3,100 South Carolinians.

Click here to register for the program and to find out which courses are available.

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