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Uplifting communities through education

It's said that a key factor in improving economic development is education, and Northeastern Technical College is partnering with industry and community shareholders in the small town of Clio in the hope of seeing BIG change.

Nine Marlboro County residents recently completed the first phase of the college's new Upskills program in December. Upskills is a 3-week program that is now being offered in Clio and other communities in the Pee Dee for basic workforce training and certifications. The program also provides career exploration for students, which is ideal for individuals looking to start a new career with local industry.

Graduates of the inaugural Upskills class include Quashaun Armstrong of Clio, Petra David of Clio, Lovette Hepburn of Clio, Jamal Malachi of Clio, Mary Miller of Clio, Kara Oxedine of Clio, Carl Robert of Bennettsville, Corey Thomas of Bennettsville, and Travis Zimmerman of Bennettsville.

Following completion of the program, students were interviewed by Arris Manufacturing and employed or offered apprenticeship opportunities.

Clio, once a booming farming community has seen a fair amount of change over the past few decades. Loss of industry has contributed to a reduction in population with people leaving the community to seek jobs and opportunity. The people who still live in Clio want nothing more than to see the community grow and prosper again.

Lifelong Clio resident and Upskills participant Mary Miller talked about how she was excited about the program and her hopes for her hometown.

"I am excited that something different has come to our town and it is giving opportunities to those who are willing to take a chance," said Miller. "I would like to see our downtown come back to life, with more businesses and possibly renovations to the existing buildings. I would just love to see it grow again."

Her advice for those interested in the new program, "You must try and do what is best for you, so that you can do your best for other people. This program is going to train you, so you can better yourself, your community, and your family. But it all starts with that first step."

The Upskills program is available to communities throughout the service area of Chesterfield, Marlboro, and Dillon County. Students completing the program will earn certification with OSHA, Forklift Certification, and specialized hand tool certification. Following the first phase of Upskills, graduates can move on to phase two which dives deeper into specialized training for local industry.

For more information on how to bring Upskills to your community, contact Northeastern Technical College's enrollment center at 800-921-7399.

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