S.C. Manufacturers Alliance applauds Darlington County School District for participation in SC Future Makers Initiative
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2016
Contact: James Richter
DARLINGTON, S.C. – Today, the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA) released the following statement from President and CEO, Lewis F. Gossett, regarding the participation of Darlington County School District’s participation in the SC Future Makers initiative.
“The Darlington County School District has been at the forefront, for many years, in providing its students with innovative resources designed to enhance their education and future,” said Lewis Gossett, SCMA President and CEO. “Thanks to the district’s leadership, seniors of Mayo High School for Math, Science, and Technology began the process of kicking off implementation of the SC Future Makers initiative by creating profiles on the STEM Premier platform and learning about opportunities in the advanced manufacturing industry and more. We look forward to a long relationship with Darlington County School District schools and connecting opportunities with higher education and companies for their students.”
The Darlington County School District will offer the SC Future Makers program, which is powered by STEM Premier, to all high school students and 8th graders. As part of the program, students will be encouraged to create profiles on the STEM Premier platform, be exposed to career opportunities in advanced manufacturing and technology through company engagement that include facility tours, guest speakers, and sharing the stories of future opportunities within companies.
Created by the SCMA, SC Future Makers, powered by STEM Premier, seeks to expand the skilled workforce for advanced manufacturing and technical-related careers in the state. This public-private effort was developed in response to the growing workforce challenges facing manufacturers and related fields in recruiting skilled and talented associates. Through partnerships with South Carolina school districts, SC Future Makers is reaching students, parents and educators with information on opportunities, rewarding careers and proper education pathways to earn skills necessary for a technical career. Public sector partners include the SC Department of Commerce, SC Department of Education, the Education Oversight Committee, the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, and the SC Technical College System. For additional information about SC Future Makers, please visit: www.scfuturemakers.com.
ABOUT THE SCMA - The South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance is the only statewide organization dedicated exclusively to the interests of manufacturers. Its mission is to elevate the quality of life for all South Carolinians by advancing the state's manufacturing industry. The SCMA membership is comprised of more than 200 manufacturing companies that represent more than 80,000 associates in South Carolina. For additional information about the SCMA, please visit www.myscma.com.