WIB hosts educational summit


Focuses on the problem of an aging workforce

Courtesy photo SC House District 36 Rep. Rita Allison addresses an Aug. 27 educational summit hosted by the Upstate Workforce Investment Board. The focus of the summit was on finding solutions to the problem of an aging workforce. Among those attending the summit was Union County School District Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall.


SPARTANBURG — The Upstate Workforce Investment Board hosted an educational summit at the Spartanburg Downtown Marriott on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

The event was arranged in an effort to bring businesses and education together to discuss potential solutions to solving the aging workforce challenge. SC House of Representatives District 36 Rep. Rita Allison welcomed the group with a powerful overview of education in South Carolina and applauded the progress Upstate schools have made by offering project-based learning, technology-infused classrooms and qualified teachers.

Ms. Carla Whitlock of Apprenticeship Carolina and Mr. Warren Snead of Cooper Standard Automotive led a session facilitated by Ms. Cherie Pressley of South Carolina Department of Commerce on creating youth apprenticeships for students coming out of high school and college.

Superintendents Mr. Kenny Blackwood, Spartanburg County School District Three; Dr. Russell Booker, Spartanburg County School District Seven; Dr. Scott Mercer, Spartanburg County School District Two; Dr. Quincie Moore, Cherokee County School District; Dr. Darryl Owings, Spartanburg County School District Six and Dr. Kristi Woodall, Union County School District participated on a panel facilitated by Dr. John Stockwell with Spartanburg Academic Movement.

Of the 80 businesses, educational representatives and community leaders in attendance, spirits were high and quality conversations occurred. The event provided a forum to discuss challenges, generate ideas and create solutions.

At the event, Ms. Ann Angermeier with the Upstate Workforce Investment Board, presented an award for Senator Tim Scott from the National Association of Workforce Boards. Senator Scott was recognized for his support of workforce develop through his efforts to pass the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Mr. Seth Duncan accepted on behalf of Senator Scott.

This story was submitted by the Upstate Workforce Investment Board.

Courtesy photo SC House District 36 Rep. Rita Allison addresses an Aug. 27 educational summit hosted by the Upstate Workforce Investment Board. The focus of the summit was on finding solutions to the problem of an aging workforce. Among those attending the summit was Union County School District Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_photo-1-2-.jpgCourtesy photo SC House District 36 Rep. Rita Allison addresses an Aug. 27 educational summit hosted by the Upstate Workforce Investment Board. The focus of the summit was on finding solutions to the problem of an aging workforce. Among those attending the summit was Union County School District Superintendent Dr. Kristi Woodall.
Focuses on the problem of an aging workforce

This story was submitted by the Upstate Workforce Investment Board.

This story was submitted by the Upstate Workforce Investment Board.

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