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Manufacturers & Technology Expo

March 27, 2019

March 26, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Erika Williams

803-464-8880

EkWilliams@sumtersc.gov

 

3rd Annual Technology Expo Planned for Students in Sumter County

(Sumter, SC)— Sumter Economic Development (SED), TheLINK Economic Development Alliance and the South Carolina Department of Commerce are hosting the 3rd Annual Manufacturers and Technology Expo for 8th grade students in Sumter County on Friday, March 29th from 9am-2pm on multiple campuses of Central Carolina Technical College.  The purpose of the expo is to allow students to be EXPO‘SED’ to the advanced technology used in today’s manufacturing. “The importance of introducing students early and often to the advanced technology used in today’s manufacturing is critical to the success of our region”, commented Jay Schwedler, CEO of Sumter Economic Development and TheLINK Alliance, “We are positioning ourselves to respond to the demands of employers with our talent standing at-the-ready. Manufacturing offers good jobs, with good pay-- we are dedicated to changing the mindset of not only the traditional manufacturing environment, but also the thought of what is considered the pathway to success.”

Eighth graders were a logical choice to attend this technology Expo.  “Based on state education  requirements, 8th grade students choose a career cluster as they approach high school., stated Brenda Golden, Regional Workforce Advisor for the SC Department of Commerce. “Having the expo highlights manufacturing and technology as a career path, allowing students to make informed decisions.”

There is a full day of interactive Technology and STEM related activities planned for the students including industry displays and a tour of technology at both the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Training Center (853 Broad Street) and the Industrial Technology Building (506 N. Guignard Drive- Bldg 400). Educational partners for the event are the Sumter School District and Central Carolina Technical College.  NBSC/Synovous Bank is the presenting event sponsor.

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We’ve made great strides. But now it’s time to shift our focus inward and really zero in on our number one asset: our people.”
Greg Thompson
Chair, Sumter Development Board