April 18, 2016 (COLUMBIA, S.C.): The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) committee at Lower Richland High School (LRHS) will partner with EngenuitySC to host the third annual “Dress for Success” business etiquette showcase on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. at LRHS. Dress for Success helps students answer questions like “How should you dress for an interview?” and “What is proper dining etiquette for a business luncheon?” in a fun, peer-to-peer showcase, starring select LRHS students who receive hands-on guidance throughout the initiative.
Makeovers, New Business Attire, Dining Etiquette and More
To prepare for Dress for Success, 15 LRHS students participated in wardrobe consultations and shopped for business-appropriate outfits at JCPenney with mentors from Leadership Columbia and other professionals from around the Midlands. Students also learned about the reasoning behind professional clothing and accessory choices as part of JCPenney’s own “Dress for Success” program.
Throughout the initiative, students participated in “soft skills” training sessions, including an etiquette dinner at Solstice Kitchen led by Georgia Doran, Director of Office of Career Management at the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business. Soft skills include communication and language; personal habits, leadership and other interpersonal skills.
To complete their pre-showcase skillset, students receive makeovers the day of Dress for Success, provided by trade students at Paul Mitchell The School Columbia, featuring business-appropriate makeup and hairstyles.
The Dress for Success student showcase – April 26, 2-3 p.m. at LRHS’ auditorium – provides the selected students a chance to share what they learned from the initiative with their classmates. The showcase will serve as a fundraiser for LRHS’ STEM program; the STEM committee will be selling tickets to the showcase prior to the event. LRHS is located at 2615 Lower Richland Blvd., Hopkins, S.C. 29061.
The inaugural Dress for Success showcase in 2014 was launched as a part of the STEM program’s year-round soft skills initiative, led by Paul Smith, founder of BEST Carolina. LRHS and lead project coordinator, EngenuitySC, place great importance on students’ ability to navigate the business world successfully, from learning how to answer questions confidently to expanding their understanding of STEM fields through coursework initiatives.
About EngenuitySC and the Lower Richland STEM Program
EngenuitySC is proud to partner with three schools in Richland County School District One, including Lower Richland High, Hopkins Middle and Southeast Middle Schools. Since the partnership commenced in June 2013, EngenuitySC has focused on exposing students, teachers and parents to the opportunities associated with STEM careers. Thanks to collaboration with industry, higher education and community partners, EngenuitySC has helped bring hands-on STEM experiences, soft skills development and entrepreneurial activities into the halls of all three schools.
· Richland County School District One
· Richland County
· University of South Carolina Moore School of Business
· Solstice Kitchen
· Paul Mitchell The School Columbia
About Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education
The goal of STEM-related professional learning is to support teachers with pedagogical-content knowledge that translates into effective classroom practices which integrates the four domains of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As a result, students in effective STEM classrooms learn how to identify, apply and integrate concepts from those four domains in order to understand complex problems and to solve problems using innovative approaches.
Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., EngenuitySC is an economic development nonprofit focused on enhancing our region’s competitiveness and prosperity. In partnership with business, government, education and community leaders, EngenuitySC specializes in regional collaboration and project management, the activation of local industry clusters and regional research, analysis and marketing. For more information, visit http://www.engenuitysc.com.