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INVISTA Donation Will Help Strengthen KCSD Students’ Soft Skills

August 22, 2018

Mary Anne Byrd, APR
Communications Director
Kershaw County School District
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Lack of soft skills in potential workers—such as communication, teamwork and professionalism—can often be the difference between successful employees and those who are not.  In order to help students better acquire these skills, INVISTA recently donated $10,000 to the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) to implement Microburst Learning’s EmployABILITY program. 


“Many businesses today are seeing a deficiency in job candidates’ soft skills,” said KCSD Superintendent Shane Robbins. “We greatly appreciate INVISTA’s ongoing support and this donation that will provide training for our teachers and lessons for our students in this critical area.” 


KCSD high school students will receive EmployABILITY’s instruction via both hands-on training and online software programs. Students who complete the program have the opportunity to earn a certification showing mastery of soft skills. 


Pictured left to right: Lugoff-Elgin High School (LEHS) Career Specialist Maria Springs, LEHS Assistant Principal Alicia Gaither, LEHS Senior Hailey Bracey, LEHS English Teacher Robert Blinkhorn, KCSD Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins, INVISTA Human Resources Generalist Annette Little, Invista Site Manager Steve Kimpton and ATEC Director Gordon Morris.
 

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"The new Mechatronics Program at Central Carolina Technical College's Kershaw County Campus will help us meet one of the most significant needs of our industries today -- the industrial maintenance technician. Graduates will be well prepared to perform a critical role in the modern, automated workplace found in today's manufacturing plants. This is essential for the continued success of our local industries and broadens the opportunities of our students."
-- Peggy McLean - Kershaw County Economic Development Director