Education & Workforce

We advance the competitiveness of South Carolina’s citizens with a comprehensive approach to talent development beginning at birth and continuing through adulthood.



Education & Workforce


Pamela Lackey

State President of AT&T


  • PK-12 Public Education

    • Denee James, Student Success Coordinator, Richland One Middle College
    • Dr. Tiniece Javis, Dean, Richland One Middle College
    • Dr. Gerrita Postlewait, Superintendent, Charleston County School District
    • Molly Spearman, State Superintendent of Education
    • Dr. Karen Woodward, Superintendent, Lexington School District One

    Higher Education

    • Julie Carullo, Director of External Affairs, SC Commission on Higher Education
    • Michele Brinn, Director of Career Services, ECPI University
    • Dr. George Petersen, Founding Dean, Moore School of Education, Clemson University
    • Mike LeFever, CEO and President, SC Independent Colleges and Universities
    • Dr. Ronald Rhames, President, Midlands Technical College
    • Dr. Kellye Rembert, Coordinator of Special Projects, College of Health, Education, and Human Development, Clemson University
    • Dr. Jon E. Pedersen, Dean, College of Education, University of South Carolina
    • Dr. Jimmie Williamson, President, SC Technical College System

    Private Sector

    • Robbie Barnett, Vice President of Workforce, Manufacturing and Support, SC Chamber of Commerce
    • Cynthia Bennett, Associate Vice President of Education/Business Relations – SC GEAR UP, SC Chamber of Commerce
    • Michael Brenan, State President, BB&T (also Governor’s Appointee, SC State Board of Education)
    • Judy Davis, EVP and CLO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina
    • Don Herriott, Past Co-Chair, Education and Workforce Development Task Force
    • Joe James, President & CEO, Agri-Tech Producers, LLC
    • Pamela Lackey, State President, AT&T
    • Dave Morley, Chair, Early Childhood Subcommittee, Education and Workforce Development Task Force
    • Jim Reynolds, CEO, Total Comfort Solutions
    • Ralph Young, VP of Human Resources, FN America

    Nongovernmental Organizations and Non-Profits

    • Christopher Leventis Cox, CEO, IF Foundation
    • Trip DuBard, Executive Director, SC Future Minds
    • Dr. Don Gordon, Executive Director, The Riley Institute
    • Catherine Hayes, Executive Director of the SC Automotive Council, SC Manufacturers Alliance
    • Debbie Hyler, Executive Director, The School Foundation
    • Ken May, Executive Director, SC Arts Commission
    • Jacki Martin, Director of Operations, The Riley Institute
    • Jamie Moon, President, Institute for Child Success
    • Beth Phibbs, Executive Director, SC Association of School Administrators
    • John Read, CEO, Tri-County Cradle to Career
    • Susie Shannon, President & CEO, South Carolina Council on Competitiveness
    • Dr. Peggy Torrey, Director of Education and Workforce Initiatives, South Carolina Council on Competitiveness
    • Joe Waters, Associate Director, Institute for Child Success

    Public Sector

    • Melanie Barton, Executive Director, Education Oversight Committee
    • Ramona Carr, Planning Coordinator, SC Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
    • Dr. Traci Cooper, Member, SC State Board of Education
    • Mary Lynne Diggs, Director, DSS-SC Head Start Collaboration Office
    • Melanie Huggins, Executive Director, Richland Library
    • Lee McElveen, Program Coordinator, Hispanic Latino Affairs, SC Commission of Minority Affairs
    • Michael McInerney, Director of External Affairs, SC Department of Commerce
    • Linda O’Bryon, President & CEO, SCETV
    • Dr. Randy Reagan, Superintendent of Education, SC Department of Corrections
    • Debbie Robertson, Director of Quality and Business Engagement, SC First Steps
    • David Stout, Director of Adult Education, SC Department of Education






The Council’s Education and Workforce Development Task Force (“EDTF”) is the only statewide forum that regularly convenes leaders of the non-profit, private and public sectors to prioritize, align, and champion efforts to improve the quality of South Carolina’s education and workforce system from birth through adulthood. Through the collaborative efforts of its members, the EDTF optimizes existing resources, expertise, and ideas and provides leverage for change. The result is better alignment and coordination among all sectors working to develop world-class talent in South Carolina.


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Since the EDTF began its work in 2004, South Carolina’s graduation rate has risen from 60% to 80%. The collaborative efforts of the EDTF have led to the following progress:

  • South Carolina is a pilot state and leads the nation per capita with the number of people who have earned WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificates.
  • EEDA legislation (“Personal Pathways”) that connects middle and high school students to graduation and career goals. The legislation also established 12 Regional Education Centers to connect business leaders and educators.
  • Apprenticeship Carolina, a division of the SC Technical College System, that has increased the number of apprentices from 777 to almost 10,000, and the number of employers offering apprenticeships from 90 to over 600 in just seven years.
  • Thousands of South Carolinians have completed QuickJobs training that offers students fast-paced continuing or career education for in-demand professions.