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"Upstate Connects" Helps Schools, Businesses

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Connelly demonstrates Upstate Connects project. Connelly demonstrates Upstate Connects project.

A new online tool is helping connect local schools and area businesses.

It's called Upstate Connects. Students can log in to learn about jobs, salaries, and what employment opportunities are available in the area.

Brenda Connelly of the Upstate Workforce Investment Board says, it helps generate interest in local industries, like manufacturing and lets students know what they need to do to plan for their career.

"A lot of them take more than a high school diploma, so a lot of students need to know that, that they need to get into their local community college or a 4 year college, and the system will let them know what the educational needs are," Connelly explained.

Already about 100 businesses have signed up to provide information to the program and offer resources like job shadowing, tours, and internships. 

Upstate Connects is a collaboration between the Upstate Workforce Investment Board, the South Carolina Occupational Information System, and the Upstate Regional Education Center. 

Right now, Upstate Connects is a pilot project and only available for students in Cherokee, Spartanburg, and Union Counties.

The hope is to expand it throughout the state. They're also looking for more businesses to sign up.

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