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MEBA to Host 150 Educators and Industry Partners for Creating Career Connections Symposium September 21st

Columbia, SC September 21st – Midlands Education and Business Alliance, SC Department of Commerce and Midlands Technical College will host 150 educators and industry partners from the Midlands for MEBA’s annual symposium, Creating Career Connections, this Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Creating Career Connections is a day-long symposium in which educators will connect with industry to network, learn about workforce development trends and receive career information, programs and resources that align curriculum with work skills needed today and tomorrow.   These direct connections will assist educators in preparing students to make important decisions as they plan for college, career and citizenship.

The symposium will begin with a “State of SC Economic Outlook” presented by keynote speaker, Amy Thomson, Director of International Strategy and Trade Division at SC Department of Commerce. This presentation will be followed by an expert panel constructed by MEBA, “Economic Development in the Midlands” to include economic development organizations from across the Midlands: Ryan Coleman with City of Columbia, Ty Davenport from Fairfield County, Michael Eades from Lexington County, Jeff Ruble from Richland County. Chuck Whipple, Executive Director at Enterprise Campus Authority at Midlands Technical College will serve as moderator and cover various economic development topics specific to the Midlands. Educators will learn firsthand what opportunities will be available to their students and how they can prepare their students for future workforce needs.

During the afternoon, Patrick Gilchrist, National Director at Staffmark Training, will present “Millennials in the Workplace” during lunch. This presentation will expose educators to the challenges in many organizations today and learn how they can prepare their students for tomorrow’s workplace. During the afternoon, educators will have the opportunity to take part in breakout sessions offered by the following industry partners: Boeing South Carolina, “Overview of Advanced Manufacturing and SC,” SCE&G, “What Does Your Future Look Like? Guiding Students Toward Discovery,” Spherion Staffing, “Building a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce,” EverFi, “Leveraging Free Web-based Technology to Teach Critical Life Skills,” SC Council on Competitiveness/Aerospace Cluster, “Aerospace Careers in SC,” Benedict College, “It’s Your Time,” Geography Department at USC, “Geography for the Digital Age: Beyond the Paper Map,” Marwin Co., “Growing our Own Workforce”, Columbia Museum of Art, STEAM programs at the Museum, etc… These sessions provide educators the opportunity to network with industry partners and gain knowledge about specific career topics, education and training opportunities here in the Midlands.

SC Works will deliver the final presentation, “Connecting the Dots.” Temecca Belcher and Kenneth Sales will highlight the importance of collaboration and partnership among industry, community and education in cultivating a pipeline of students who will be prepared to enter tomorrow’s workforce. MEBA Executive Director Mary Snipes will make final remarks about next steps and encourage educators to be a good steward of the knowledge and resources gained throughout the symposium and it to make an impact with students, parents and colleagues.


Registration for Creating Career Connections has ended. For more information about MEBA and upcoming events, please visit https://www.mebasc.com/calendar/.  

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