Bright Futures

"Bright Futures"
will be the buzz words on Saturday, July 17, when the Aiken Chamber's Workforce Development Committee spearheads Career Exploration at the Business, Innovation, and Technology (BIT) Expo.

"Our goal is to showcase business and technology and the many careers available to our future workforce," said Dr. Gemma Frock, chair of the Workforce Development Committee. "We want to reach as many middle and high school students, and those seeking new training, as we can, so we can help them get on their personal pathway to success," Dr. Frock said.

 The BIT Expo, to be held at the USCA Convocation Center from 10 AM to 4 PM, will feature technology demonstrations by local business and industry throughout the day.  In addition, industry and education representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on how to prepare for different careers, including what courses students should be taking now.

 Some of those participating in the Expo and demonstrating technology include Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Kimberly-Clark, M'Aiken Magic Robotics, Savannah River Remediation, GlaxoSmithKline, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Savannah River National Lab, American Chemical Society, and MTU.

 Fred Humes, director of the Economic Development Partnership and Workforce Development Committee member, has been instrumental in getting local industries to the Expo and is steadfast about "growing our own" future work force. 

 "The quality and stability of our workforce is one of the great strengths of our area," said Humes.  "We must continue this notable trend, and one way to do this is by preparing a highly qualified workforce right here, where students have access to some of the best technology through our many industries and through the Savannah River Site and the Savannah River National Lab," Humes said.

 Cindy Delaney, director of Public Affairs and Operations for the Chamber, works closely with the Workforce Development Committee and serves on the Celebrate Aiken Steering Committee and on the 3rd Quarter Committee. "I have been involved with the planning of the Business, Innovation, and Technology Expo on several fronts.  If you are a student, a worker seeking a new career, or the parent of a student, I strongly encourage you to attend the Expo and see firsthand the numerous future careers available - and all the technology and incredible, highly skilled talent - right here in Aiken County."

 The Business, Innovation, and Technology Expo is FREE to the public and will be held at the USCA Convocation Center on Saturday, July 17, from 10 AM to 4 PM.  For more information, visit, or follow the event on Facebook. 

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