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Community engagement isn’t a ‘check-the-box’ activity”

Boeing achieves outreach initiative of visiting all 46 South Carolina counties

Boeing, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Commerce, achieved a milestone two years in the making in October 2017 when it visited the last of all 46 South Carolina counties.

The outreach, known as Boeing Days, gives students, educators, elected officials, business and community leaders from across the state the opportunity to connect with Boeing representatives.

“Community engagement isn’t a ‘check-the-box’ activity,” says Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president and general manager at Boeing South Carolina. “Engagement is an ongoing process, and Boeing will continue be to actively engaged with business, community, education and religious leaders across the state.

“This is an exciting time to be in South Carolina, as our aerospace and advanced manufacturing sectors continue to grow. We need everyone to understand the opportunities that manufacturing brings, and make sure that the future South Carolina workforce is adequately prepared from an education and training perspective to fill those jobs and build careers.”

Boeing representatives had the opportunity to engage with nearly 21,000 students and more than 3,600 members of these many communities as part of Boeing Days, according to S.C. Department of Commerce. More than 85 elementary, middle and high schools were visited as part of this effort.

“With the help of companies like Boeing, South Carolina has emerged as a global leader in the advanced manufacturing industry. In fact, since 2011, we’ve experienced manufacturing employment growth of more than 17 percent within our borders,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “To ensure continued economic success, it’s critical that we introduce and prepare our future workforce for the career opportunities available to them.”