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SC technical school opens new "soft skills" center

Author: Susanne M. Schafer

Source: The Island Packet

November 23, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina's Midlands Technical College offers students courses in jobs ranging from dental hygienists to electrical technicians. But educators and employers say many students also need to learn non-technical skills like time management, proper communication skills, and basic financial literacy. A recent $1 million gift is helping the technical college set up a new center to work with its students learn on such life skills. Dr. Martha Hanks, dean of the school's health sciences, says the workplace is like entering another culture, and workers have to adapt. The $1 million donation establishing the center comes from Bill and Lou Kennedy, who recently built Nephron Pharmaceuticals manufacturing plant in nearby Lexington County.

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