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EASLEY — Tri-County Technical College, Alliance Pickens and Apprenticeship Carolina will host a Workforce Opportunity Summit from 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Aug. 27 at the College’s Easley Campus.

The event will include industry roundtable conversations with instructors and officials from Tri-County and the Pickens County Career and Technology Center to discuss the employee skills necessary for businesses to thrive over the next two to 10 years.

The event is open to all Pickens County businesses.

“We are very excited to co-host this event so that our existing industries can communicate what their workforce needs will be over the next several years to both our local technical college and school district officials,” said Ray Farley, executive director of Alliance Pickens. “This is a great opportunity to continue the dialogue that already exists to make sure our companies have the qualified employees they need.”

Cheryl Garrison, job placement coordinator in Career Services at Tri-County, will explain how the college’s collaboration with industry leaders on curriculum changes and developing work-based learning opportunities (scholars programs, co-ops, internships and apprenticeships) have been the key to producing work-ready graduates.

“Our goal is to provide the skilled workforce that local business and industry need to compete in today’s marketplace. Work-based learning opportunities and apprenticeships – for high school and college students – are another route to building a sustainable workforce,” said Dr. Ronnie L. Booth, president of Tri-County.

Companies are relying more heavily on their greatest asset – their employees – to be successful and to grow their business.

“Many organizations are using registered apprenticeships as an effective workforce development tool to grow the skills of their existing workforce,” said Carla Whitlock, apprenticeship consultant in the Division of Economic Development & Workforce Competitiveness.

Apprenticeship Carolina works to ensure that S.C. employers have access to the information and technical assistance they need to create demand-driven registered apprenticeship programs.

“We work directly with businesses and help construct customized programs for the companies at no charge,” said Whitlock.

Contact Cheryl Garrison at 864-646-1573 or send an email to cgarris3@tctc.edu for more information or to register.

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