Economic Development and Growth through Education
Tell us about the implementation of your appren-
ticeship program. How did Apprenticeship Carolina
your local tech college help you get it started?
Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) brought
the opportunities to Eaton and paired us with an
Apprenticeship Carolina consultant. The consultant
actually came to the facility, provided an orientation of
the online system and provided assistance to the human
resources team as apprenticeship information was
uploaded. We appreciate CCTC keeping us in mind as
programs and other benefits became available.
Is there a successful apprentice that you’d like to
Several of the new employees we have hired
by way of the former South Carolina Manufacturing
Certification program at CCTC have been promoted to
positions beyond the entry-level manufacturing roles for
which they were initially hired. Examples include Gary
Chapman, who was originally hired into a production
associate position but was promoted to a Lean/
Continuous Improvement Technician after his first year
What are some of the financial benefits of
In addition to the tax credits and the South Carolina
Apprenticeship Initiative (SCAI) grant, we were able to
reduce our recruiting expenses by partnering with CCTC.
The school had an accessible pool of candidates for us to
How is your local technical college helping to
meet your training needs?
Eaton has a long-standing partnership with CCTC.
The college has helped us develop training programs
for existing employees on many occasions. We’ve hired
several students who’ve successfully completed the
manufacturing certification program and have also spon-
sored internships for the mechanical drafting program.
“Just do it! All parties
(employees, employer and the
local college) reap the
benefits of apprenticeship.”
— DETRA MARDIS, HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER
is a power management company with 2015 sales of $20.9 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions
that help its customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and
sustainably. Eaton has approximately 97,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.
The Eaton facility in Sumter, SC has been there since 1980, employs more than 750 employees and is the product line
headquarters for Panelboards and Switchboards power distribution products. To learn more, visitwww.eaton.com
Can you think of a word or phrase that best
describes apprenticeship… why?
Progressive – it’s not an avenue we’ve historically
used at this facility. We’ve been able to add new
members to the team by simply thinking outside the box.
What do you like most about your apprenticeship
There are several aspects that we like about
• The apprenticeship program strengthens our
partnership with the local technical college.
• It required very little effort on our part to get started.
• The apprenticeship program promotes career
opportunities within the local community.
• Apprenticeships offer an additional element of pride
for those who successfully complete the process.
If you had the opportunity to talk to another
company about apprenticeship, what would you say?
Just do it! All parties (employees, employer and the
local college) reap the benefits of apprenticeship.