When it comes to the event Teen CEO Day, CEO stands for “Career Exploration Opportunity.” Teen CEO Day allows eighth grade students from Chester, Lancaster, and York Counties to talk with representatives from local companies about different career paths and the job skills necessary to excel in them. One of the goals of this event is to educate the students about the job opportunities available to them in South Carolina.
Serenity Williams, an 8th grader from Saluda Trail Middle School, says Teen CEO Day opened her “eyes to different fields.” Jasmine Consalvi, an 8th grader at York Middle School, adds to that, saying, “It’s helped me think about how I want to go through with finding a job and what majors I want to go into in college.”
Senator Mike Fanning says, “We always hear about the gap between what our students have and what our businesses need, and they call it a skills gap. What we see today happening is a way of getting in front of that.”
Amy Faulkenberry, a representative from the Piedmont Medical Center, says, “The workforce development concerns for businesses and overall economic development aren’t tackled with one event or one day, but it does make a difference and it does make our local students excited about local opportunities.”