SC State’s Career Center hosts 3rd Annual Business and Industry Cluster

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

S.C. State’s Career Center will host its third annual Business and Industry Cluster on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the campus of SC State.

The Business and Industry Cluster is a hybrid organization of representatives from member businesses, non-profit organizations, government businesses, and SC State faculty, staff and students. The Cluster’s mission is to determine and integrate the best business practices and technologies into the SC State instructional program with the goal of producing graduates equipped for work in today’s global economy.

Cluster members will have an opportunity to meet with President George E. Cooper, learn about upcoming University initiatives, as well as meet with SC State faculty and staff members to discuss recruiting, internship and co-op opportunities for students.

They will also make classroom visits and conduct informational seminars about Business Etiquette, Corporate Culture, Communication Skills, Internship/Co-ops and Interview Skills.

Lastly, SC State students will meet Cluster members and learn about various employment programs and opportunities during the Business and Industry Cluster networking session which will be held in the Presidents’ STATE Room at 4 p.m.

“The Business and Industry Cluster was created to support the University’s efforts to educate and equip our students with the essential skill sets needed to assume positions within corporate America and across the global marketplace,” said Joseph Thomas, director of the Career Development Center at SC State.

Members attending the Business and Industry Cluster include: Boehringer Ingelheim, BI-LO, BMW Manufacturing Company, Courtesy Mgt., Enterprise Rent-A-Car, General Electric, GEICO, Nationwide Insurance, Orangeburg Consolidated District 5, Okonite, QS/1, Roche, Santee Cooper, SCANA, Wal-Mart, and Wells Fargo.

Members of SC State’s Business and Industry Cluster gain the following benefits:
• Access to students who may be a fit for co-op, internship and permanent employment opportunities in member organization.

• Opportunities to collaborate with SC State faculty to improve and customize our academic programs to produce more graduates with the skills needed by member organizations.

• Working relationships between members and SC State administrators making the resources of the university more accessible to member organizations.

For additional information on the SC State Business and Industry Cluster contact the Career Center at (803) 536-8451.
The SC State Career Center in conjunction with Claflin University and Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College (OC-TECH) will host the 12th Annual Community Higher Education Council (CHEC) Career Expo on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 3 the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center on the campus of Claflin University.

More than 60 companies will be present.