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Apprenticeship Carolina Receives $7.7 Million

South Carolina Business Review
SC Public Radio

The U.S. Department of Labor recently awarded Apprenticeship Carolina, a division of the SC Technical College System, a $7.7 million grant to expand their programming and increase workforce diversity in our state. Our next guest is hoping this investment in our state’s workforce will help alleviate our current employment crisis that has been exacerbated by the pandemic.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Amy Firestone from Apprenticeship Carolina at the SC Technical College System in Columbia, SC.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.