S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster visited the White House on Thursday to participate in a roundtable discussion with governors on workforce issues.
While there, the Richland Republican also joined President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room for the signing of an executive order on apprenticeship and workforce programs.
Trump’s order roughly doubles apprenticeship grants to $200 million, calling for the added funds to come from existing job-training programs. The directive also orders the U.S. Department of Labor to review 43 workforce programs across 13 federal agencies.
McMaster, who was the first statewide elected official in the nation to endorse Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, stood with U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, among others, while Trump signed the order.
McMaster has said jobs and education are his top priorities. Often touting South Carolina’s technical college system, McMaster is raising money for a workforce development project that will tour the state to educate would-be workers on the jobs available to them. He also is touring the state asking businesses for a list of burdensome regulations.
The Associated Press contributed.