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ZF Transmissions holds Signing Day

On Monday, August 13, 2018 three Clinton High students and four Laurens District 55 High students joined the ZF Transmissions Gray Court team as Maintenance Apprentices.

The seven students participated in a scholarship signing event held at the Piedmont Technical College Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Laurens. This was the third scholarships signing event for ZF, Gray Court.

Gabrielle Aldridge, Caleb Baumgardner, and Dakota Medlin, all of Clinton High School; John Calvin Hughes, Jason P. Osborne, Johnlee Simmons, and Austin Storay, all of Laurens High School, signed letters of intent for their ZF Transmissions scholarships.

With two students from other high schools joining the new class, there was a total of nine apprentices starting New Hire Orientation at ZF the following Monday. During their three-year apprenticeship, students will attend Piedmont Tech full time, pursuing a degree in Mechatronics, and work at ZF 20 hours per week. Once they graduate, they will have an opportunity for full time employment at ZF as a Maintenance Technician with a starting salary of approximately $60,000/year.

With the addition of this new class, ZF has a total of 23 apprentices currently in the program.


SC Promise Scholarship Program

The SC Promise scholarship program is a Higher Opportunity for Laurens County students. Designed to increase college attendance & completion by alleviating the financial burdens associated with college, the program offers up to $1000 per semester for eligible recipients. Between this program and the Laurens County Future Scholarship program, local students get a fair chance at furthering their education—and our county’s workforce.

Visit for more information and to apply.


Garret Morgan (center) is training as an ironworker near Seattle and already has a job that pays him $50,000 a year.

Sy Bean/The Hechinger Report

High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up For University

“Being more aware of other types of options may be exactly what [students] need. In spite of a perception ‘that college is the sole path for everybody,’ when you look at the types of wages that apprenticeships and other career areas pay and the fact that you do not pay four years of tuition and you’re paid while you learn, these other paths really need some additional consideration.”

Read the full article here


JOB FAIR- April 25, 2019

Mark your calendar! Laurens County Job Fair will be held on Thursday, April 25, from 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM. Click on the flyer to the left for more details.