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Jul 12, 2024

New Report: CTE Participation in High School Linked to Positive Post-Secondary Outcomes

A synthesis of 28 studies conducted over the last 20 years suggests that students who participated in career and technical education (CTE) programs during high school were more likely to be employed after graduation than similar classmates who did not par...

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Jun 3, 2024

Are the Skilled Trades Making a Comeback?

If you — or someone you know — has a teen that has just graduated from high school and is unsure about his or her next steps, you aren’t alone. Many students are feeling conflicted about the need to head off to college versus the financi...

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May 2, 2024

Partner Spotlight: Cullum

Three Voices of Cullum: Johnny, Jared, and EarlFinding Success in the Mechanical TradesJohnny, Safety SupervisorJohnny Lucas is a friendly and approachable guy in his second career — a career he is deadly serious about. Johnny is a Safety Supervisor...

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Apr 5, 2024

BPBPSC Spring 2024 Update

Spring 2024 -- The Pollen EditionClick HERE to see the latest issue and access newsletter archives...Included in the Spring 2024 Issue:*In Memoriam: Jim Garman*Skilled Profession Spotlight:  Forestry*New Tour Team Member:  Joaquin...

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Apr 1, 2024

Gen Z is Learning to Love the Trades

A recent long-form article in The Wall Street Journal highlighted the shift for recent grads away from four-year degrees and towards technical school certifications and degrees; apparently it's cool again to work with tools. The cost of post-secondary...

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Mar 26, 2024

Partner Spotlight: N.W. White

Creating Opportunity at NW White:  How Dump Trucks Can Carry Workers to a Great CareerJosh Chappell grew up in the shadow of his grandfather’s dump truck company; although he loved and understood the family business, he wanted to strike ou...

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Jan 15, 2024

Winter 2024 Newsletter

Click HERE to see the latest Be Pro newsletter and access the archived issues!Included in The Winter 2024 Issue*Current Partners*Recent Stats*Jan-Feb Tour Schedule*Lydia Phillips, New Tour Team Member*Website Resources*Valued Partner Shout-Out:...

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Oct 10, 2023

Columbia Station WLTX Features Be Pro Stop at Sumter Middle School

SUMTER, S.C. — Teaching students about different job opportunities is the goal of Be Pro Be Proud, a program that educates students about highly skilled jobs. The 18-wheeler travels to schools throughout the state, parking at local middle and high s...

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Sep 13, 2023

September is Workforce Development Month

Governor Henry McMaster and the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) have announced September as Workforce Development Month for the second year. McMaster mentioned in a press release, "During Workforce Development Month, we highlight th...

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Sep 7, 2023

Help Wanted: Demand for diesel techs remains high even as engines evolve

By Kris Rutherford,   As motor carriers continue to seek and retain qualified drivers, there is another personnel shortage impacting their ability to keep trucks on the road — diesel mechanics. High school programs acro...

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Aug 2, 2023

Lexington Magazine Highlights Be Pro at Start of School Year

Be Pro Be Proud SC:  Building Tomorrow’s Workforce, TodaySource: Lexington Life Magazine, August 2023Be Pro Be Proud SC is a unique workforce development program designed to promote the benefits of skilled trade careers across the state in hope...

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Jul 6, 2023

MTC Building Construction Team Places 2nd in National SkillsUSA Competition

July 6, 2023 -- Midlands Technical College’s (MTC) Building Construction team placed second in the nation during the 2023 SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The competition was hosted at the World Congress Cen...

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