SC Chamber Launches Skills Development Program > Columbia Business Report

Two upcoming workforce development events aim to help residents find jobs and upgrade their skills.

Recruiting Solutions, an employment agency, will hold a hiring event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the main branch of the Richland Library, located at 1431 Assembly Street. technology jobs.

Online registration is available at

The SC Chamber of Commerce is launching a new online training program called Community Skills Initiative South Carolina that will help job seekers and professionals across the state learn new skills for in-demand roles in the digital economy. The effort is funded by Microsoft Philanthropies, according to a press release.

The program is available to all SC residents ages 16 and older and allows participants to complete LinkedIn learning training and certification and earn points to earn cash prizes.

The cornerstone of the initiative is an “Up-Skill-A-Thon” competition that will run from October 17 to November 15 and will include $10,000 in prizes. The competition will be launched at the Chamber Workforce Development Symposium at 12:05 p.m. on October 4.

“The SC Chamber has witnessed financial, educational and workforce challenges brought about by the pandemic,” said Bob Morgan, president and CEO of the chamber. “When Microsoft approached us about a digital skills grant, we jumped at the chance to take on a new challenge and fill a critical gap in South Carolina’s workforce.”

The suite of online training and resources is now available through the ICS website at

Contact Christina Lee Knauss at 803-753-4327.