Letter: Scholarship is key to workplace success
The editor: I would like to compliment you on your editorial column in the May 24 issue The Chronicle.
The Laurens County Future Scholarship program is not only a great benefit and incentive to high school graduates in Laurens County, but also a major benefit to our county as we attempt to convince industries and businesses to locate in Laurens County.
As the county and communities in the county try to recruit these companies, we must be prepared to meet one of their major requirements; potential employees with the skills necessary to meet the needs of these companies.
Until two years ago, Laurens County’s supply of people with these skills had been shrinking. However, with the introduction of the Future Scholarship program, our ability to supply workers will improved greatly, having 48 students currently in the program.
It is unfortunate, as you stated, that as a county we are not supporting this program adequately financially. We cannot let this program die!
You listed the major contributors and they should be commended.
However, the County Council does not feel it is in the education business, according to the chairman. Is he not interested in attracting new companies?
I personally have been involved in helping to locate and start up three plants in South Carolina and Georgia and I can assure you the attraction was more than tax benefits.
The first two plants I was involved with were in Clinton and Honea Path and the major attraction at that time was the new technical education program that South Carolina started up.
The Future Scholarship program makes the technical education opportunity available to people who might otherwise not be able to afford to attend school.
We must not let this program die. We are going to start reaching out to all of us in the community and we all need to pitch in, including the County Council.