The Laurens County Development Corp. (LCDC) has rolled out a new initiative aimed at connecting local middle and high school students with education and employment opportunities in manufacturing.
LCDC said the initiative “Laurens County: A Higher Opportunity” grew out of a video that was produced in partnership with Laurens County school districts 55 and 56, as well as the cities of Laurens and Clinton.
“The Laurens County Development Corporation strives to provide the best environment possible for today’s advanced manufacturing and businesses to succeed in Laurens County,” said Jonathan Coleman, executive director of the LCDC.
“One of the most important resources existing businesses and new businesses will need to grow is a larger pool of talented workers,” Coleman added. “Continuing to change the way we develop our workforce of the future and keep Laurens County at the innovative forefront of workforce development in the Upstate will be key to the county’s growth now and in the future.”
LCDC said a new website (www.higheropportunity.com) has been launched along with several marketing pieces that highlight a variety of career opportunities in Laurens County.
The website features videos, information about colleges, apprenticeships, and other programs, as well as job postings and a directory of industrial companies in the county.
Local schools will distribute the information to all middle and high school students during May, LCDC said.
David O’Shields, superintendent for Laurens County School District 56, said students in Laurens County “must be provided real-world, highly technical, and intellectually challenging opportunities to compete in the ever-changing workforce.”
“As we work to partner with the LCDC and other entities integrally involved in the development of a highly competent workforce, we must never lose sight in the potential of our students,” O’Shields added. “They are talented; they are capable. They just need to be shown how manufacturing is dynamic and evolving with incredible income potential. Our students, once aware, will meet the demands and opportunities to make Laurens County a hotbed of talent and expertise.”