"We need that electrician. We need that air condition tech when it goes out on Friday night, and Saturday is going to be hot," said Moore. "We need these people. These are careers, and they're good."The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) will oversee the "Be Pro, Be Proud SC" project. DEW director Dan Ellzey said South Carolina currently has an 8.4% unemployment rate, which is three times higher than it was this time last year. Ellzey noted the pandemic has actually increased demand for fields such as transportation, construction and utilities. "Now more than ever, finding meaningful work that can withstand economic downfall, including a pandemic, is critical for many South Carolina families," said Ellzey. "The jobs built into this interactive experience are important to the state's economy and provide exposure to skilled-based careers that students may not have considered." The Department of Labor estimates jobs in the skilled trade fields will increase by as much as 25% in South Carolina over the next decade. Two million jobs could be left unfilled in less than five years because of an aging workforce. This project was made possible through public and private collaboration of state leaders, including the Associated Industries of South Carolina Foundation. "Be Pro, Be Proud SC" has 33 scheduled tour stops across the state through the end of next year. Right now, around 20 people can be on board at one time, wearing masks and practicing social distancing. And, yes, there is plenty of hand sanitizer. For more information, visit Be Pro, Be Proud SC.