Chamber presents funds for workforce development

By Kevin Boozer

March 3, 2014

NEWBERRY — The Newberry County Chamber of Commerce presented a $1,000 donation to the Newberry County Career Center last Thursday.

Chamber President Ted Smith said the funds came from donations from chamber members who see the need to have a well-trained work force of people with in-demand job skills.

“This is a proactive partnership of people who understand the need for workforce development,” Smith said, “and we are proud the chamber is a part of it.”

Smith said the chamber is committed to supporting the career center in the Newberry County school district and he thanked all who donated to the fun.

Career center director Buddy Livingston said the funds will assist students on an “as needed” based basis with scholarships for educational/industrial field trips but that the majority of the funding will go into two programs: welding and CNC/machine tooling.

“This is a big help for us dues to rising price of metal and the expense of (inert) gases used in MIG and TIG welding,” Livingston said.

In his opinion those fields will be the backbone of future manufacturing development in the county.

“Our chamber is taking an active role to train talent and keep residents of the county (working) here, which helps our local economy, too,” Livingston said.