Commerce Department introduces regional workforce advisers
Source: Columbia Regional Business Report
July 14, 2015
The S.C. Department of Commerce has a new workforce division, advisers transferred from the Department of Education who will operate regionally. The 12 advisers will help identify workforce needs “critical to building a labor pipeline that industries need throughout the state,” a department statement said.
State lawmakers shifted the regional education center program to the Department of Commerce.
The department statement said the advisers, whose backgrounds include education, business and economic development, will also help students and adults identify areas of training for available jobs in their communities.
“As part of our economic development efforts, commerce is committed to supporting a workforce of the future,” Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said. “While business recruitment and support remain our focus, we know that a strong workforce is critical both in attracting business investment as well as in facilitating an environment for existing business to grow.”
Regional workforce advisers:
- Greenville — Jay Blankenship, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pendleton — Rick Murphy, email@example.com.
- Upstate — Cherie Pressley, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Midlands — Kaye Shaw, email@example.com.
- Trident — Patricia Ferguson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Lowcountry — Kim Statler, email@example.com.
- Santee-Lynches — Brenda Golden, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pee Dee — Cheryl Lewis, email@example.com.
- Upper Savannah — Dr. Cynthia Pitts firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Waccamaw — Eileen Patonay email@example.com.
- Lower Savannah — Joni McDaniel firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Catawba — Lisa Robbins email@example.com.