2016 Workforce Development Salute honors three major supporters

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The Greenville Tech Foundation on Thursday hosted the 2016 Workforce Development Salute, an event emphasizing the importance of developing a skilled labor pool for Greenville’s growing business economy.

The salute honored local leaders for their contributions toward that effort. The 2016 honorees were John I. Smith Charities, former Simpsonville mayor Ralph Hendricks and T&S Brass and Bronze Works Inc.

“This year’s honorees have made a significant impact on the development of a skilled workforce in the Greenville community,” said Bob Howard, president of the Greenville Tech Foundation. “Without education, we stop growing and will wither on the vine. Not only will this event recognize the outstanding efforts from community members, but it will also help fund scholarships and other critical needs of Greenville Technical College.”

John I. Smith Charities has supported Greenville Tech for almost 20 years and most recently helped fund the creation of the Center for Manufacturing Innovation.

Hendricks has given generously over the past two decades to support scholarships for students from the Golden Strip.

T&S Brass and Bronze Works supports the college through a variety of efforts, including donated construction materials and awarding a scholarship to one student from every public high school in Greenville County each year.

Greenville Tech Foundation, Inc., established in 1973, is a non-profit corporation separate from Greenville Technical College but operating for the benefit of the college. Greenville Tech Foundation provides financial support to the college and students beyond what can be obtained from state and local funding sources. A board of directors comprised of Greenville County leaders in business, industry and other professions governs the foundation.

The foundation hosts the event annually to celebrate the efforts of the college and the contributions of the community to educate the local workforce.

The salute was held at the TD Convention Center.

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