BCCC applauded for focus on job skills

In a world where job skills are imperative, Joni McDaniels applauded the efforts of the Barnwell County Career Center.
McDaniel, the coordinator of the Lower Savannah Regional Education Center, was the speaker at the BCCC's March 29 School Improvement Council meeting.
"These types of events make me wish I was back in the classroom," said McDaniels, a former marketing teacher.
Her comments followed updates by several BCCC instructors on their students' accomplishments, which include students going to the Skills USA competition, students placing in an archery competition, agriculture students growing plants for their annual spring sale, three health occupation students receiving scholarships, and 59 students working through a co-op program with 24 local businesses.
McDaniel said these experiences will help students gain the "soft skills" they need for their future careers so they know what will be expected. "We need kids who will show up, dress appropriately and do what they're supposed to," she said.
A lack of soft skills is often the cause of the approximately 8.5 million people who are fired annually, which costs $30 billion a year due to loss of productivity and paying benefits. Employee turnover costs a business 33 percent of an employee's annual salary or 250 percent for managers, said McDaniel.
"It's so expensive to hire the wrong person," she said.
Sam McKay, the BCCC director, said that's why they work to afford students job skills, but also a good work ethic. "We want to do all we can to help Barnwell County."
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