Education is the key to our future. Preston believes that we must invest in our greatest resource, the people of South Carolina by providing an affordable education throughout life. Our region boasts some of the best educational institutions in America and our education system is the engine of our economic recovery.
Our students must be encouraged to pursue Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics (STEM) to be ready for the jobs of tomorrow. But our educational institutions must also prepare our citizens to compete in the growth industries of today. Our workers want to work, and they deserve to have the training that allows them to do it. Programs like Coastal Carolina's new nursing degree completion program help our nurses become attractive candidates for growing employers like Conway Medical and Grand Strand Regional.
It's important that we invest not only in K-12 and four-year collegiate education, but also in adult and vocational education through our 2-year degree and technical schools. Institutions like Horry-Georgetown Technical College, ITT Tech, and Florence-Darlington Technical College are critical to helping job-seekers developing the skills in information technology, computer science, business and finance that businesses are looking for.