Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Congressman Joe Wilson Holds Apprenticeship Forum with Leaders in Technical Education and Manufacturing

Apr 3, 2018
Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson Holds Apprenticeship Forum with Leaders in Technical Education and Manufacturing

West Columbia, S.C. – Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) held an apprenticeship forum with experts from technical education and from manufacturing discussing ways to address the growing skills gap. 

Career and technical education provides an excellent opportunity for advanced education that aligns with the needs of South Carolina’s workforce. 

I am grateful that South Carolina has been especially successful in using career and technical educational programs to partner with businesses and create jobs,” said Congressman Wilson. 

Quality STEM education and training is vital to competing for high-skilled, in-demand jobs in the workplace, which is why apprenticeship programs are key to building a thriving workforce in South Carolina.

During the panel, Congressman Joe Wilson discussed with the career and technical education (CTE) panelists the need for the Senate to pass H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. This bill provides more funding for CTE programs and provides increased flexibility for programs to meet labor demands in their own communities. 

(Rep. Joe Wilson leads a discussion on technical education with expert panelists Dr. Tim Hardee- President of the SC Technical College Systems, Mike Brenan- Co-Chair of TransformSC and BB&T State President, and Tiffany Jaspers; Business & Economic Development Manager for the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce) 

During the forum, manufacturers discussed the need for mentorship programs that provide students with on-the-job training, an income, and a chance for certification at the end of the program. They also discussed the potential of providing tuition assistance for associate degrees to ensure that manufacturers maintain a skilled workforce. 

(Rep. Joe Wilson leads a discussion with experts in manufacturing including Ryan Childers representing BMW, Kevin Whitt- Site Training Manager at the Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, and Arjonetta Gaillard, Human Resource Manager for MTU)

Whether I am visiting one of the remarkable schools in the Second District’s technical education system, including the technical colleges in Aiken, Midlands, and Orangeburg-Calhoun, or a local manufacturing facility, the message is the same—the job market is changing rapidly and it is our duty to prepare accordingly," explained Congressman Wilson. “We must continue to advance programs that support jobs for meaningful lives.”