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Anderson summit focuses on workforce development and deployment


Staff Report
Published July 27, 2011

The Anderson Area Business and Education Alliance will host its second annual Business and Education Summit.

Around 100 business, industry and education leaders are expected to attend Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the community room of Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson.

The focus of the event, “Trademarks of Excellence: It Takes a Village to Raise an Employee,” will help identify the critical skill sets required in the working world and how to best teach, model and measure performance based on those skills.

John Warner, founder and CEO of InnoVenture LLC, will be the keynote speaker. He publishes the SwampFox.ws website; a related weekly e-mail; and provides a weekly S.C. public radio business update.

Karen Owens of Microburst Learning will also give a lunch presentation on virtual job-shadowing. The company is using an interactive e-learning approach to make virtual job-shadowing opportunities available to all secondary school students in the state through the S.C. Personal Pathways to Success portal.

Attendees will participate in roundtable work groups to identify gaps in the school-to-work processes; define ways to ensure that students graduate with the skill sets needed in today’s job market; and discover ways the education and business communities can engage each other in the mission for workforce development and deployment.

“The overarching goal of the event and the Alliance is to promote economic and community development through a well-prepared workforce,” said Alliance Chairman Jhan Nixon.

The Anderson Area Business and Education Alliance is a non-profit organization that aligns business, industry and education to for the Anderson area working force. A new website, AlignSC.org, will be launched by Aug. 4.