Emily Hodge serves as the Apprenticeship Consultant for the Tri-County Technical College service region, consisting of Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Counties. Prior to working for Apprenticeship Carolina, Emily served as the Director of Research and Existing Industry at the Oconee Economic Alliance. In this role, she supported the current and future needs of existing manufacturing companies in Oconee County, as well as the recruitment of new companies to the county. Emily earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Sweet Briar College. She grew up in North Carolina but has lived in upstate South Carolina for the last 10 years. Emily prefers to spend her personal time outdoors with her husband and two dogs. She enjoys gardening, hiking, and horseback riding, as well as joining her husband on fly fishing adventures. Emily has a passion for travel and is actively practicing French in hopes of a return visit to Paris in the near future.
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Hard working, innovative, and patient.
What is something that you love about your job?
I truly enjoy working with local businesses to find solutions to their workforce needs. It may not always include apprenticeships, but if I can connect them to other beneficial resources at the technical college, or other local partners, I feel that I have contributed to the success of their business and the individuals that they employ. At the end of the day, I want to help people.
What drew you to apprenticeship?
My previous work in economic development and educational background made my transition to Apprenticeship a no-brainer. In school, I was always more interested in the ways that people influenced economies and businesses, and always hoped to work in a field that helped people grow and better themselves. I believe that Apprenticeships are a great resource for allowing people to do just that.
What is something that you enjoy or appreciate the most about being an apprenticeship consultant?
As a Consultant, I’m able to help businesses figure out the ways that they could use apprenticeships to meet their existing or future workforce needs. Sometimes, this includes the opportunity to go on an industry tour and see what their work processes look like. I love industry tours! I am fascinated by how things are made and learning more about the products that are made by companies in our communities. Any day that I get to see these processes up close and in-person is a good day for me.