Three programs named finalists for Riley WhatWorks SC Award

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Three innovative education initiatives have been chosen as finalists for the 2019 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC™ Award.

Each year a national selection committee of business and education leaders choose from a pool of statewide nominations. The finalists are chosen based on how they’re improving public education in South Carolina.

This year’s finalists are:

  • Carolina Teacher Induction Program: This University of South Carolina-based program supports new teachers as they transition from university students to leading and teaching in a classroom of their own.
  • Pickens County Career and Technology Center: Faculty work diligently at this center to help students develop skills for success in college and the workplace. Students are encouraged to identify career opportunities by exploring their talents and interests.
  • WINGS for Kids: This is a comprehensive, high-quality after-school initiative designed to equip at-risk kindergarten through fifth-grade kids with skills to succeed in school and thrive in life.

“I am delighted to honor and celebrate these wonderful programs,” said Dick Riley, former South Carolina Governor and United States Secretary of Education. “The finalists this year show that there are exciting things happening in our state to support new teachers, to prepare students for college and careers, and to help students during critical after school hours.”

The award winner will be announced at an awards luncheon on Nov. 12 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. For registration information for the $25 event, go to

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