To build the workforce needed for the county, officials from Northeastern Technical College and Marlboro County School District are working together to help business/industry meet this goal.
Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord asked more than 100 business and community leaders who attended the breakfast meeting Wednesday at NETC Marlboro campus about what was needed to advance students in the county and surrounding areas.
McCord noted it wasn’t just about creating jobs but having a workforce that will remain in the county.
“We have to make sure that we not only have the economy that is sustainable enough to live in town but allow them to raise a family,” he said.
The event was interactive and allowed the audience to provide feedback on what is needed for a successful workforce.
McCord pointed out that many people work in jobs that they didn’t think of doing when they were in high school.
Marlboro County School District officials want to make sure students are college and career ready.
One thing pointed out was that today’s generation will have 8-10 jobs as opposed to the one or two jobs that their parents or grandparents had.
“Choosing a career is very difficult for a young person,” he said. “Many of the jobs they might have currently do not exist.”
And, McCord added, high school is too late to have a student to start thinking about a career.
“We have to begin tracking career paths in middle school,” he said.
One goal is for business and industries to partner with the school district and NETC to help provide internships, co-op agreements, apprenticeships, and job shadowing opportunities.
“It is to allow students an opportunity to be exposed to something different,” he said.
NETC President Dr. Kyle Wagner discussed post-secondary options for the workforce and how each generation is different.
He shared a variety of paths a student could go for their education.