Kim Christ is the Director of Workforce Innovation at the SC Council on Competitiveness. With the mission to build SC’s workforce pipeline to meet the ever changing needs of industry through workforce trend analysis and promotion of expanded pathways, Kim works to connect partners across industry, education, and government to prepare our state with world class talent with the goal of making SC’s industry competitive on the world stage. 

Kim previously served as the Director of Technology and Cybersecurity (SC Tech) at SC Competes and during that time led statewide programs to include career pathway mapping in high demand STEM fields, the STEM Educator of the Year program, SC Women in Tech, SC Decoded Emerging Technology Conferences, and most recently, industry-led AI curriculum development for K12 students. Kim is a frequent speaker and facilitator, bringing her message of transformational technology and workforce of the future to inspired audiences in both industry and education.

Prior to SC Tech, she was Director for SC Codes, where she helped create and implement the nation’s first statewide program that provides workforce training and mentorship in computer programming to residents free of charge. Kim went on to develop a statewide network of community partners, volunteer mentors, and apprenticeship opportunities that have exposed thousands of SC residents to technology careers and skills. Kim was also previously Projects Manager at the South Carolina Department of Commerce Office of Innovation. Here, Kim helped launch and direct innovative programs such as the Relentless grant challenge, Scribble, and 3Phase. She also worked to connect the state’s innovators through facilitation of collaborative networking and ideation sessions that spurred ideas and new program creation. 

A computer science engineer by trade and an education ambassador at heart, Kim worked for over a decade as a Networking Manager in SC, and served in numerous roles at public charter schools in SC including East Point Academy and Green Charter Schools, acting as an education ambassador in China on two occasions. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and an EMBA in Strategic Leadership. 

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