Trident Workforce Investment Board Annual Awards Ceremony

Charleston, SC, October 22, 2008 --( The Trident Workforce Investment Board recognized three area companies and four One Stop customers at its 18th Annual Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Customer Awards Ceremony held in the Trident Technical College Complex for Economic Development.

Janet Cappellini, Vice Chair of the Trident Workforce Investment Board, welcomed everyone for “joining us in expressing our appreciation to the award recipients and in celebrating their accomplishments and contributions to workforce development in the Trident Region.”

“As Chair of the Trident Youth Advisory Council for the last few years, I had the distinct and wonderful opportunity to interact with One Stop staff and TOSCS partners, Palmetto Youth Connections and the Adult Education offices of Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties. Our partners do an excellent job of educating and preparing our youth for employment in sustainable careers because they genuinely care; Caring truly makes a difference.”

After a few brief words from Daniel Davis, Berkeley County Supervisor; Colleen Condon, Charleston County Council; and Larry Hargett, Chair Dorchester County Council, Cappellini, with the assistance of Paul L. Connerty, TWIB Executive Director, and Terry Kinder, immediate past TWIB Chair, proudly presented the awards.

“Outstanding Customers of the Year” awards were presented to La’Quana Crawford, Teresa Roumillat, Jahbrisha Pennick, and Dawn Schmit.

Berkeley County Water and Sanitation, Port City Glass & Mirror, and Computer Network Enterprises were honored as “Outstanding Business Customers of the Year”.

After the presentation of awards, Connerty added his congratulations and appreciation to the award winners by saying, “We value each of you as a customer of the Trident One Stop Career System, and want to continue to help you achieve success.” He also added that the One Stop Career Centers saw a 33% increase in services from last year.

Connerty expressed thanks and gratitude to retiring TWIB members, Dr. Jim Jones and Coleman Glaze, for their many years of service to the Trident Workforce Investment Board and to the community. He then thanked the TWIB for its “vision and leadership to create a competitive workforce advantage for our region”, and the staff of the One Stop system, adult and youth program staff, Palmetto Youth Connections, One Stop partners, and the Charleston County Grants Department for their “hard work, professionalism, and commitment to the team.”

A raffle to benefit the C. deVineau White Scholarship Fund ended the day’s events. The C. deVineau White Scholarship, established in 1996 honoring the memory of former employee C. deVineau White, is awarded each year to a deserving youth attending Trident Technical College.

The mission of the Trident Workforce Investment Board is to develop the region’s workforce by providing high quality workforce development programs and services to their customers.

To accomplish their mission they’ve created a market driven and user friendly workforce system investing workforce funding to recruit, prepare, and train workers with the skills needed to support existing industry and attract new industry to their region.

The Trident Workforce Investment Board (TWIB) provides funding for programs to develop the regional workforce training workers with advanced skills to meet regional workforce challenges through the Trident One Stop Career System. The Trident One Stop Career System is a nationally recognized workforce development system staffed by some of the best trained workforce professionals in the nation.

The Trident One-Stop Career Center is located at 1930 Hanahan Road in North Charleston. Satellite Centers are located in Moncks Corner, Summerville and Charleston. For more information on available services and programs or to find the center nearest to you, call 843-574-1800.

Trident Workforce Investment Board
Susan Jeanne Mertz