LSWDA hosts annual Youth Forum

Above, high school seniors work together on a critical thinking activity.

Above, high school seniors work together on a critical thinking activity.

Lower Savannah Council of Governments, Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act and Department of Commerce sponsored the Aiken Youth Forum at Aiken Technical College on March 7, 2019, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. This annual event gives high school seniors a hands on look at careers and the opportunities to meet their career goals when they graduate.

Dr. Forest E. Mahan, President of Aiken Technical College, and André Anderson, Workforce Development Administrator at Lower Savannah Council of Governments, welcomed 223 high school students and chaperones.

The guest speaker was Brooks Harper, author, speaker and career expert. His books, Why Should We Hire You and 7 Skills to Make Mills, are tremendous resources for students and educators. Brooks aspires to the belief that every day is an interview and an opportunity to turn learning into earning and your passion into your paycheck.

SRNS, Aiken Regional Medical Center and Aiken Technical College had displays set up in the ATC gymnasium for students to view and offered hands on activities to assist students with their career choices.

The students were divided into breakout sessions that included #Build Your Best Life Fair and #Build Your Best Life Skillshops and Critical Thinking Activity.

Avenues for Advocacy: April 2019

The January 2019 issue of the newly revised Lower Savannah Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman newsletter is now available. Avenues for Advocacy is a newsletter to communicate news and information to advocates for residents in long-term care.

You can check out the newsletter here. This issue features:

  • Dates to remember

  • Information about new posters

  • and more!

SC Works sponsors team at Border Bowl VI

[AIKEN, SC] SC Works was the official sponsor of Team South Carolina at the annual Border Bowl VI between Georgia and South Carolina.

Border Bowl VI was held Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium in Augusta, GA. The teams were comprised of the area’s top senior football players. Proceeds from the game benefitted Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta.

Team South Carolina had a 27-18 win, which marks the third straight win for SC in the Border Bowl series. SC Works was there to celebrate with the team.

As the official sponsor of Team South Carolina, SC Works staff were on hand to promote the SC Works Centers and the services offered throughout the Lower Savannah Region. The centers provide information, assistance and opportunities to workers, job seekers and employers. Their services include helping business with hiring events, hosting resume and interview workshops, finding training opportunities for job seekers and much more.

“We were honored to participate in Border Bowl VI and showcase the many resources we have available to assist local Youth and their families with their workforce and training needs,” said André Anderson, LSCOG’s workforce development administrator.

For more information on the SC Works centers, visit www.lowersavannahwda.org or call André Anderson at 803-649-7981.

About Lower Savannah Council of Governments: Lower Savannah Council of Governments is a regional quasi-governmental organization serving Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties. The organization strives to improve the quality of life for residents and create a sustainable future for the Lower Savannah Region.

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Avenues for Advocacy: January 2019

The January 2019 issue of the newly revised Lower Savannah Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman newsletter is now available. Avenues for Advocacy is a newsletter to communicate news and information to advocates for residents in long-term care.

You can check out the newsletter here. This issue features:

  • Visitation restrictions

  • Oral Hygiene Awareness Month

  • and more!

SLED Chief speaks about resources at LSCOG Annual Meeting

[AIKEN, SC] South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel was the featured speaker at Lower Savannah Council of Governments’ (LSCOG) 2018 Annual Banquet.

The Annual Banquet was held Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Clemson University’s Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville, SC. LSCOG’s Executive Director William Molnar presented the “Year in Review” to showcase accomplishments from the 2017-2018 fiscal year, which can be viewed in the 2018 Annual Report on our website www.lscog.org.

“The Lower Savannah COG had a strong year serving the citizens and local governments within the region,” said Molnar. “We are especially pleased to have received two national NADO awards. The Jump Start program provides summer jobs for rising high school seniors. Within the program, students learn “soft-skills” like showing up on time, dressing appropriately for work, money management, and get a glimpse into jobs they may want and those that they may not want in their future. The Dementia Dialogue® program trained service providers and family members on how to better care for individuals living with dementia. We will be offering both award-winning programs in 2019.”

The featured speaker, SLED Chief Mark Keel, is a Barnwell county native. He is also the son of former Board of Directors member Jack Keel, who served on the LSCOG Board from 1971 to 1982, and was chairman for fiscal year 1976. Chief Keel spoke to event attendees about the nationwide problem with recruiting law enforcement officers, school safety and the importance of school resource officers, and the ongoing opioid epidemic. He also shared available resources for municipalities dealing with these issues.

Board of Directors Chairman Larry Haynes recognized several board members and LSCOG staff for their years of service. Board members recognized were Roger Hill and David Kenner for 15 years and James Haigler for 25 years; staff recognized were Mary Beth Fields for 15 years, Mary Ann Keisler for 20 years, Frances Owens for 25 years and Nora Sanders for 30 years.

Lower Savannah Council of Governments (LSCOG) is a regional quasi-governmental organization serving Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties.

 

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LSCOG receives innovation awards

[AIKEN, SC] Lower Savannah Council of Governments received two 2018 Innovation Awards from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO).  The programs awarded were Dementia Dialogues® and the Summer Youth Jumpstart Program.

LSCOG’s Aging, Disability and Transportation Resource Center hosted two Dementia Dialogues® classes to provide caregivers with practical caregiving skills training. One of LSCOG’s Ombudsman Specialist became a certified trainer of the Dementia Dialogues® program, which was created in 2002 by the Office of the Study of Aging within the University Of South Carolina Arnold School Of Public Health. The classes used Dementia Dialogues® standardized materials, including handouts, PowerPoints, scenario discussions and specially-designed role play activity to provide free comprehensive training in the Lower Savannah region.

The Summer Youth Jumpstart Program provides summer employment for rising seniors in the Lower Savannah region. The program began in 2015 and has been expanded to all K-12 school districts in the region. Students enrolled in the program attend two soft-skills training sessions. After the sessions, they are placed on a job site for 240 hours at $9.25 an hour. The students then continue as participants of the WIOA Youth program which ends with placement in full-time employment or enrollment into a post-secondary educational environment.

NADO is a national association that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery and comprehensive strategies. The association’s Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and their partners for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities. NADO presented the awards at their Annual Training Conference October 13-16, 2018.

For more information about these award-winning projects, contact Susan Garen, Regional Ombudsman or André Anderson, Workforce Development Administrator at 803-649-7981.

Lower Savannah Council of Governments is a regional quasi-governmental organization serving Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties.

 

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Avenues for Advocacy: September 2018

The September 2018 issue of the newly revised Lower Savannah Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman newsletter is now available. Avenues for Advocacy is a newsletter to communicate news and information to advocates for residents in long-term care.

You can check out the newsletter here. This issue features:

  • Resident’s Rights month

  • Medicare open enrollment information

  • and more!