Be Pro Be Proud Launched

On Thursday, the Home Builders Association of South Carolina, its industry association partners, and the SC business community Be Pro Be Proud SC, a mobile workshop housed in a specialized, 53-foot, double-expandable 18-wheeler, in advance of kicking-off its inaugural 2020-2021 statewide tour. See a quick tour of the inside of the truck here. The Be Pro Be Proud SC project was created through a public-private collaboration to introduce students to the skilled trades and educate them on the opportunities that exist in the state.
 

The Be Pro Be Proud SC project was created through a public-private collaboration to introduce students to the skilled trades and educate them on the opportunities that exist in the state. Taking a unique, targeted approach to removing the stigma from “blue-collar” jobs, its goal is to educate students and the public on the appeal and the importance of these jobs for our economy.  
 

Modules simulating the actual work in various sectors including forklift operation, commercial driving, utility bucket operation, diesel technology, heavy equipment operation, welding, carpentry and construction, technology, and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine operation, will be housed within the workshop. Over the next year, the trailer will travel throughout the state to schools, fairs, career centers, conventions, government events, military re-entry programs, and more.  

The project was made possible in South Carolina through a public-private collaboration of leaders throughout the state including the Associated Industries of South Carolina Foundation (AISCF), which consists of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Trucking Association, Carolinas AGC, Home Builders Association of South Carolina, and the Forestry Association of South Carolina, as well as the Department of Employment & Workforce (DEW) and other state education, workforce, and economic development agencies.

Capital to build the mobile workshop and provide the job simulators comes from the private sector, including many Members of the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina like Clark's Termite and Pest Control, Great Southern Homes, Mungo Homes, Concrete Supply Company, C.R. Jackson, Inc., N.W. White & Company, J.C. Wilkie Construction, L. A. Barrier & Son, Inc., and the Building Industry Charitable Foundation.

BIA Members can tour the truck at our Annual Meeting of the Membership at Seawell's on
October 8.
For more information, visit https://www.beprobeproudsc.org/.