The Symposium served as an opportunity to honor business leaders for their impact on the development of the Palmetto State’s workforce and offered an opportunity for attendees to learn tips about how to help businesses succeed by providing them with a skilled workforce. The conference theme was Building Blocks for Business Success Through Workforce Development.
Each year, the SWIB recognizes outstanding businesses, volunteers, Local Workforce Investment Boards (LWIB), and SC Works Centers. Awards are also given to Workforce Investment Act (WIA) participants from local workforce investment areas (LWIAs) around the state, acknowledging them for their diligence and perseverance in overcoming obstacles to complete training and obtain self-sustaining employment. This year’s SWIB honorees included:
- WIA Youth Achievement – Latoya Monroe (Trident LWIA) and Deanna Nowlin (Pee Dee LWIA)
- Outstanding WIA Alumnus – Katina Dansby (Upper Savannah LWIA) and Frank Duncan (Upstate LWIA)
- Outstanding Workforce System Partner – Florence County Library System (Pee Dee LWIA) and Carl Streeter, SCDEW Local Veterans’ Employment Representative (Trident LWIA)
- Outstanding Business Partner – WEB Electric (Santee-Lynches LWIA) and Viva Recycling of SC (Trident LWIA)
- Outstanding SC Works Center – SC Works Dorchester (Trident LWIA) and SC Works Cherokee (Upstate LWIA)
- Outstanding SC Works System Local Employee – Lynn Hall, SC Works Cherokee (Upstate LWIA)
- Outstanding SC Works System State Employee – Pat Sherlock, Workforce Development Director (SCDEW) and Mary jo Schmick, Local Operations Manager (SCDEW)
- Outstanding Local Workforce Investment Board – Pee Dee LWIB
- Outstanding LWIB Member – Reginald Murphy (Midlands LWIB)
- Workforce Development Lifetime Commitment (posthumous) – Danny E. Allen (Upstate LWIB)
- Outstanding SWIB Member – R. Michael Johnson, Cox Industries
During the SC Workforce Investment Board Partnership Symposium, three businesses were also recognized. The following employers received the Palmetto Workforce Partnership Award which acknowledges S.C. businesses for the jobs they provide and the many contributions they make to their local communities:
- Small Business Winner (0 – 50 Employees): Sportsman Boats Manufacturing (Trident LWIA)
- Medium Business Winner (51 – 500 Employees): The Urban Electric Company of North Charleston (Trident LWIA)
- Large Business Winner (501+ Employees): Cooper Standard – Spartanburg Plant (Upstate LWIA)
All awardees were presented with a plaque and poster to commemorate their accomplishments.
The SWIB is a 31-member board appointed by the governor and includes business leaders, members of the General Assembly, local elected officials, workforce partners and representatives of community-based organizations. The goal of the SWIB is to create a competitive workforce advantage for South Carolina by ensuring that a quality and effective workforce system exists in order to improve the lives of all South Carolinians.