At the Top of Our List

The ability to meet industries’ education and workforce development needs is an evergreen issue for the long-term economic health of our state. Our collaborative approach to talent development optimizes existing resources, expertise, and ideas to develop world-class talent in South Carolina.

For Educators

We work to connect educators with industry leaders and resources. These resources and input are instrumental in helping educators understand what skills are highly-valued and needed in order to prepare the future workforce.

  • Industry-specific Curriculum
  • Classroom Industry Simulation
  • Business forecasting needs for skills

For Businesses

A sustainable workforce is continuously the top priority of industry leaders and partners. We work to provide business leaders the opportunity to directly connect with educators to influence training and education to meet workforce needs.

  • Networking & Conversation between education leaders
  • Hands on opportunities with STEM Educators
  • Panels & Events with education leaders to hear needs & opportunities

What’s Most Important?

item.image.title

The “World Class Skills” and “Life and Career Characteristics,” often referred to as “soft or durable skills laid out in the “Profile of the SC Graduate” connect to specific skills employers are looking for, not just in South Carolina, but nationally and continue to be relevant and valued by businesses.

item.image.title

In recent SC Competes studies, businesses in South Carolina reported that the top two quantities they are looking for in a new hire are Perseverance and Work Ethic.

item.image.title

When asked to rate 11th and 12th grade students on each of the “soft or durable” skills on the Profile from one 1 (very poor) to 10 (excellent), not a single teacher gave students more than a 5 on any skill and the average on each skill was never over 4.4. Furthermore, only 19% of educators and only 37% of students think SC graduates are ready for the workforce

Profile of the South Carolina Graduate

The SC Competes TransformSC initiative created the Profile, which was codified by the SC General Assembly in 2016.

SC Choose Your Road

How do you find work that aligns with who you are, and helps you support your vision for yourself, your family, and your future? We’ve interviewed people from all walks of life to find the answers.
Through their stories and advice, you’ll see how your unique skills and experiences—combined with the right training and education—can lead you to possibilities right here in South Carolina.

SC Council on Competitiveness and SC Future Makers are excited to announce the launch of the “Choose Your Road” online community hub with Roadtrip Nation, a national nonprofit organization. This career exploration resource Hub follows the release of Roadtrip Nation’s 2022 regional Emmy-winning “Leap & Grow” documentary and an iteration of the Share Your Road platform made especially for South Carolina, fueled by SC Competes and SC Department of Commerce.


Cluster Specific K-12 Initiatives

Lemonade Supply Chain Game for Middle Schoolers

Grades 5-8 participate in their own lemonade business to learn how demand, production, transport, and quality control can impact getting a product in the hands of consumers.

SREB Aerospace Engineering High School Curriculum

SC Aerospace was the initiator of the statewide SREB High School 2 or 4 year curriculum to prepare students for a career in aerospace manufacturing and engineering.

Boston Dynamics Robot, PAL

SC Competes manages the first statewide robotic dog, PAL. PAL is available for school visits, conference showcases, and more.

SREB Supply Chain Curriculum

SREB also provides a supply chain logistics curriculum that can be taught in high schools. All SREB curriculum is free to South Carolina public schools.

AOPA Aviation Curriculum

The AOPA Curriculum is focused on developing the skills needed to pilot aircraft, both manned and unmanned. From drones to commercial piloting, AOPA prepares students for a career in the sky.

ArcGIS Online Student Competition

Partnering with Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic (NIWC Atlantic), SC Competes manages the ArcGIS Online Student Competition in South Carolina. 

This competition challenges students in Grades 4-12 to showcase their skills in geographic information systems (GIS) using Esri’s ArcGIS Online platform. Students were tasked with addressing real-world challenges and demonstrating their proficiency in mapping, data analysis, and spatial storytelling.