Trident Workforce Investment Board

Charleston, SC, October 22, 2008 --( The Trident Workforce Investment Board (TWIB) has announced the appointment of new members for the 2008 – 2009 year.

Steven Brower is an Owner/Partner in Carolina Starches, North America’s leading supplier of specialty potato starch derivatives for the pulp and paper and allied industries. Brower and his two partners purchased the North American Paper Division assets of Dutch potato starch manufacturer AVEBE in 2004.

Brower, an active board member of the Lowcountry Manufacturing Council, believes “as the challenges manufacturers face from the global economic system become more demanding, we must continue to develop our one true competitive advance -- our people.”

Brower graduated from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, with a degree in chemical engineering and received an MBA from Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. He also volunteers at the Low Country Food Bank and Charleston Animal Society.

Dottie Karst, CPC, CSP, Owner of Charles Foster Company in Charleston, believes that “our workforce is the backbone of our economy.” “It is an honor to serve on the Trident Workforce Investment Board and to be part of the process that develops initiatives to help people obtain skills, training, and education so that they can attain sustainable careers with living wages.”

Karst graduated from Boston University, Boston, MA, with a degree in finance. Karst is on the boards of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Small Business Chamber, North Charleston Rotary, South Carolina Association of Personnel and Staffing, and is on the Charleston Air Force Base Advisory Council. She has been honored by the Center for Women as a “women of 12”, has received the Sam Walton Leadership Award, and was named the Charleston Air force Base Community Volunteer of the Year in 2007.

Tommy Pruitt, Government Communications and Public Relations Director for Force Protection Industries, believes “workforce development is one of the most significant issues facing our region, especially in the manufacturing sector. Working through the TWIB and its partners, we have the ability to bring together the resources necessary to develop our workforce so it can compete in a global economy.”

Pruitt graduated from Limestone College in Gaffney, SC. His professional affiliations included: the Society of Human Resources Management, International Association of Business Communicators, Public Relations Society of American, National Investor Relations Institute, Lowcountry Manufactures Council, Charleston Defense Contractors Association, Association of the United States Army, and the Marine Corps Association.

Angela Washington, PHR, Human Resources Manager for Rhodia, a chemical manufacturing company in Charleston, understands the importance of increasing and expanding workers’ skills to remain competitive in a global market. “Being involved with the TWIB allows me to work with other resources to develop training programs for our workforce that will add to the bottom line of Charleston’s economy and that will attract other businesses and industry to the area.”

Washington studied biology at St. Augustine College in Raleigh, NC, and graduated from Limestone College, Gaffney, SC, with a degree in business administration. She completed her master’s degree in human resource management from Webster University in Charleston, SC.

Washington is on the boards of the YWCA of Greater Charleston and the Teachers’ Supply Closet. She serves on the Community Investment Review Team for the Trident United Way, is on the Coastal Community Foundations’ Advisory Team for New Funds, and is the corporate chair in the trident region for United Negro College Fund. She is also a member of the Lowcountry Manufacturers Council and Industrial Relations Council.

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 it 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 the tri-county 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
(843) 821-3283