Wednesday, October 16, 2013

EngenuitySC Hosts STEM Workforce Development Workshop

EngenuitySC hosted the second installment of the Columbia Regional Competitiveness Workshop Series at River Bluff High School on Wednesday, October 9. We brought together business leaders, educators, public officials, and parents to discuss the future of our knowledge-based workforce. 

We kicked off the event with a tour of the innovative facilities at the new River Bluff High School in Lexington to discuss what is being done today for the future STEM stakeholders. The tour was then followed by an engaging discussion on the current state, opportunities, and necessary future actions to make the Midlands a STEM hotspot. 

For those who attended the event, here is a recap and if you couldn't make it, this is what you missed:

For Parents, did you know that…….

  • over the next 5 years, our region will create over 12,000 new jobs requiring 2-yr degrees in STEM fields? See here for the projected numbers!
  • the Michelin Technical Scholars program pays full tuition at Midlands Technical College and graduates from the program exhibit a 98% success rate in finding full time employment at Michelin? For more info visit:
  • Lexington School District 1 allows all  high school students to major in engineering and has built an advanced STEM Center for students who wish to focus their high school studies in these areas? See for more info.
  • There are hundreds of events and resources in your district available through MEBA, aimed to help your children’s development?  Their resource guides can be found at
  • Lower Richland High School has developed a STEM Academy, which focuses on both the core STEM subjects as much as on the soft skills desperately needed by employers? To find out more visit:
  • River Bluff High School’s modular scheduling system focuses on team collaboration in all STEM areas, which is especially helpful in developing core skills like teamwork and communication? Get more info here:
  • IT-oLogy offers free Cyber Saturdays for middle school and high school students interested in learning how to develop apps and video games? Visit IT-oLogy to find out more

For Business and Community Leaders, did you know that…..

  • Teachers desperately need working professionals in STEM fields involved in their classrooms and that MEBA offers a speakers bureau that you and your staff can easily join? Interested? See here to find out more
  • Most parents and students don’t know what advanced manufacturing jobs look like and that schools desperately need companies to open their doors to show parents and students what a modern facility looks like?  If you’re willing to help our students and parents learn what 21st century manufacturing is really like, reach out to your school district office and open your doors to students.
  • Michelin, through its Technical Scholars program, is collaborating with academia to develop a workforce of skilled technicians who possess today's most critical skills? To learn more about Michelin Technical Scholars, click here or contact Michelin Hiring Manager Randy Crutfield (  

For Educators, did you know that….

  • Many regional employers note that a strong STEM education will get your students jobs, but that they’ll lose them without the soft skills (teamwork, communication, punctuality) needed to keep them?  Click here to see what Lower Richland and River Bluff High Schools are doing to address this: and
  • Michelin needs to grow its workforce and get more students involved in their Technical Scholars Program and that they need greater visibility from you to help make this happen?
  • Parents, students, and guidance counselors need a better understanding of opportunities of a 2-year degree?  If you need info on these see MEBA online

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