The South Carolina Department of Commerce and The Greater Florence Chamber partnered to host a Youth Apprenticeship Accelerator Meeting on Thursday, March 14. The program was held at the SiMT facility in Florence, with more than 50 people from area business and education centers in attendance. The meeting was centered a review of Apprenticeship Carolina and how to get involved in the process. It was followed by a business/industry leader discussion on active roles with the apprenticeship programs. Fearn Gupton, Apprenticeship Consultant with Apprenticeship Carolina, lead the program with support from Cheryl Lewis, Regional Workforce Advisor of SC Department of Commerce and Michael Miller, President of the Florence Chamber of Commerce.
Panel discussions were held with Brain DuBose, CATE School Counselor at the Florence Career Center, Tracy Kuhn, Operations Director at Gregory Electric, Keith Traver, Production Manager at Sonoco and Parker Kirven, current apprentice at Sonoco Adhesives.