Angelia Washington Receives LMC Workforce Development "Gears of Excellence" Leadership Award

Charleston, SC, November 12, 2009 --( Angelia Washington, regional human resources manager at Rhodia and Trident Workforce Investment Board member was honored at the Lowcountry Manufacturers Council’s (LMC) annual award meeting with the Workforce Development "Gears of Excellence" Leadership Award.

“The LMC workforce development committee wanted to recognize individuals in manufacturing who are making a difference by getting involved in the community, were committed to education, and who were promoting careers in manufacturing and had a positive impact on the region’s current and future workforce,” said Jennifer DeWitt, Executive Director of the Lowcountry Manufacturers Council.

One goal of the award was to highlight how companies and employees can be a part of the solution for the workforce challenges we all face. We encourage manufacturing leadership to get involved in the schools, make sure your employees participate and are engaged in the community. Schools need the manufacturers support, and we need the schools to provide us with a qualified workforce today and in the future.

Washington received the award in recognition for her “excellence, leadership, vision and service. She works with local schools and parent groups near her home and business; speaks with teachers, students and counselors and advocates the value of careers in manufacturing; and emphasizes the importance of reading and math skills to prepare students,” said Priscilla Roper, human resources manager of Charleston Marine Containers, and also a Trident Workforce Investment Board member, who presented the award.

In addition, Washington serves on Rhodia’s community advisory panel; spearheads the Trident United Way campaign; coordinates the company’s annual scholarship program in the community; serves in a leadership role with Teacher's Supply Closet, the YWCA, the LMC Workforce Development Committee, and the Trident Workforce Investment Board.

The Lowcountry Manufacturers Council (LMC) is an organization focused on the unique issues and common goals of the manufacturing sector. The mission of the Lowcountry Manufacturers Council is to enhance the competitiveness, promote development and impact the manufacturing sector of the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

As a regional division of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA), the LMC offers manufacturers in the Lowcountry the added benefit of a regional council dedicated to local efforts and lead by local industry executives. Together, the LMC and the SCMA are South Carolina's leading advocate for manufacturing.

The mission of the Trident Workforce Investment Board (TWIB) is to develop the region’s workforce by providing high quality workforce development programs and services to its customers. To accomplish this 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 TWIB provides funding for 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 or TTY 711. An Equal Opportunity Employer Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Susan Jeanne Mertz
(843) 821-3283