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    News Release

    Contact:  Lisa Robbins, Regional Workforce Advisor, SC Department of Commerce

        serving York, Chester, Lancaster Counties




    SC Department of Commerce hosts Boeing SC in local region

    “Signing Day” for Student Interns/Apprentices and Host Companies

    York, Chester, Lancaster county students and companies represented


    April 30, 2-3:30pm, Hood Center (corner of Baskins and Anderson Roads – beside York Tech)


    Join us for a celebration as we shine the spotlight on over 35 high school and college students who have been selected as interns or apprentices at local companies.  Both will sign their certificate of intent, indicating their commitment to each other.  “We applaud the efforts of our local businesses that recognize the importance of developing their own qualified workforce”, says Lisa Robbins, Regional Workforce Advisor for the SC Department of Commerce.  “The exponential growth in our region has certainly put a strain on our companies to locate the workforce they need.  Partnerships between businesses and schools can help fill that gap.” 


    Event Speakers Include:

    Ron Roveri, Director Applied Technology Center – Rock Hill School District

    Dr. Greg Rutherford, President York Technical College

    Tommy Preston, Government Relations for Boeing SC

    Nathaniel Best, student Applied Technology Center


    Our goal with this event is to not only recognize those students and companies who have made a commitment to each other, but to also foster excitement; thereby, encouraging others to become involved.  Developing a skilled workforce for South Carolina will lead to increased economic development and an improved economy. Internships provide students with the opportunity to learn about particular industries they are interested in and hopefully lead to a lasting relationship with that company. 


    Additionally, Boeing SC executives will present to area high school students on April 30 and May 1. Please reach out to Lisa Robbins for full schedule.


    This region’s advisory board (consisting of both business representatives and educators) work to build partnerships which foster career development within the region. “We work together to link students with educational opportunities and training. This is a serious approach to workforce development and is vital for South Carolina’s economic future,” said Tim Hallman of Comporium and regional board chair.  Business participation is integral to student success and together we can make a significant impact on their education.  Internships are a great way for companies to get started.            About SC Department of Commerce, Catawba Regional Office:

    The South Carolina Department of Commerce has twelve Regional Offices across the state designed to create partnerships between education and business. These workforce development offices serve as a collaboration of universities, school districts, economic development agencies and businesses with the common goal of developing a more highly skilled talent pipeline in South Carolina.  For more information, please visit

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