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Economic Development and Growth through Education


Tri-County Technical College Focuses on Youth Apprenticeship

Tri-County Technical College (TCTC)

, along with

Apprenticeship Carolina

, works with several local

manufacturers to offer apprenticeship opportunities in

advanced manufacturing. For companies like United Tool

and Mold, Greenfield Industries and others, training the

next generation of skilled workers begins in high school.

Jeromy Arnett, production administration manager at

United Tool and Mold in Easley, believes that the

school-to-registered apprenticeship program is key to

backfilling his company’s aging workforce. “We have to

start early,” Arnett says. “This program builds the

workforce of tomorrow.”

Hoke Durham appreciates the opportunity to be a part

of that workforce. “The apprenticeship showed me

what I wanted to do with my life,” said Durham. “I never

thought I would start my career at age 16. I thought I

would be flipping burgers as a teen. I never dreamed by

age 18, I’d be an apprentice tool maker at United Tool

and Mold while pursuing a degree at Tri-County Techni-

cal College.” A 2015 Scholar Technician scholarship from

Alliance Pickens and the tuition reimbursement program

at United Tool and Mold are enabling Durham to attend

TCTC debt free while he studies Mechatronics.

Durham is a “shining example” of how youth appren-

ticeships can lead to a full-time job in manufacturing,

according to Arnett. “He is the best employee we could

ask for.”

Learn more:

Jeromy Arnett describes the United Tool and Mold

School-to-Registered Apprenticeship Program in South Carolina: school-to-registered-apprenticeship.html

Hoke Durham,

United Tool and

Mold Apprentice