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SCCMA Board of Commissioners Meeting December 3, 2021

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs Board of Commissioners will hold its quarterly meeting on Friday, December 3 at 11 a.m. at the Brookland Conference Center, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia, SC 29169. Click to view the agenda.

SCCMA Office Closed for Staff Retreat

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs office will be closed on Thursday, December 2 and Friday, December 3 for a staff retreat. The office will reopen on Monday, December 6 at 8:30 a.m. 

Registered Apprenticeship as a Workforce Solution Informational Session

Does your business have hiring challenges?
Do you want to help build our workforce?
Do you have a passion for helping young people?

If your answer is yes, then join us on Tuesday, November 30!

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs and Apprenticeship Carolina will host an informational session on the Registered Apprenticeship program (RAPs) on Tuesday, November 30 at 2 p.m. via Zoom.

An apprenticeship is a time-tested method of employee development that combines supervised on-the-job learning and job-related education along with a scalable wage. Registered apprenticeship programs ensure that South Carolina's workforce has the skills needed to match today's in-demand jobs and jobs of the future. 

Apprenticeships also provide a promising career pathway for participating apprentices who gain experience and the skills needed for the well-paying jobs that grow the state's economy.

To learn more about apprenticeships and how you can get started, register for the informational session here.

Recording: How to Prepare for a Small Business Loan: Necessary Paperwork

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs partnered with the SBA (Small Business Administration) South Carolina District Office and the City of Columbia Office of Business Opportunities held a free webinar on Tuesday, November 16 to help small business owners prepare to apply for a small business loan.

Bret Whiting, Commercial Loan Officer for the City of Columbia Office of Business Opportunities, discussed the documents needed to receive a small business loan and the information lending institutions utilize when they make business financing determinations.

To view a recording of the webinar, How to Prepare for a Small Business Loan: Necessary Paperwork, visit our YouTube channel.

Apprenticeship Carolina and the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs partner to increase the number of minority-owned businesses participating in apprenticeship

Apprenticeship Carolina™ and the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday, November 8, 2021 designed to increase the number of South Carolina's minority-owned businesses participating in apprenticeship programs across the state.

"The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs is excited to be partnering with Apprenticeship Carolina on this initiative," said Dr. Delores Dacosta, executive director of the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs. "We strive to provide innovative and constructive solutions in support of ethnic minority communities.  This agreement will help connect minority-owned businesses with the many opportunities available through Apprenticeship Carolina as well as direct them to grants and other funding opportunities to help offset training costs."

An apprenticeship is a time-tested method of employee development that combines supervised on-the-job learning and job-related education along with a scalable wage. Registered apprenticeship programs ensure that South Carolina's workforce has the skills needed to match today's in-demand jobs and jobs of the future.  Apprenticeships also provide a promising career pathway for participating apprentices who gain experience and the skills needed for the well-paying jobs that grow the state's economy.

"Apprenticeship Carolina has worked diligently for more than a decade to expand the use of registered apprenticeship in the state. We are thrilled to partner with the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs to drive further growth and diversity of programs across South Carolina,” said Dr. Amy Firestone, vice president for Apprenticeship Carolina. "We know that a registered apprenticeship program is an effective and proven workforce development tool. It's an opportunity to develop talent, enhance quality and build relationships that can benefit both the apprentice and the organization for years to come."

Since its inception in 2007, Apprenticeship Carolina has played a crucial role in growing apprenticeship participation across the state. As a result, the number of participating organizations has increased from 90 to more than 1,150 currently, and the number of apprentices has grown from 777 to nearly 37,000 total apprentices.

For more information on Apprenticeship Carolina, visit www.apprenticeshipcarolina.com.

SC Commission for Minority Affairs Recognizes Native American Heritage Month

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs is commemorating Native American Heritage Month with a social media campaign highlighting the culture, history and contributions of Native Americans throughout the month of November.

The virtual celebration includes information on Native American history, spotlights on tribes and businesses in the state, and more. To view the month-long celebration, visit the agency's ​Facebook or  Instagram pages.

“We encourage all citizens to take time to engage with this educational experience to learn about the unique challenges Native Americans have faced and how tribal nations are working to conquer these challenges today,” said SC Commission for Minority Affairs Executive Director Dr. Delores Dacosta.

The Native American Affairs Division of the SC Commission for Minority Affairs serves as South Carolina’s official Native American Affairs agency working with Native American Indians to address issues of poverty and socio-economic deprivation through collaboration with government and private partners.

Since 2003, the Commission has been committed to strengthening the relationships between South Carolina’s Native American Indian communities and government.

For more information on Native American Heritage Month, visit www.cma.sc.gov.

SC Commission for Minority Affairs’ Hispanic/Latino Affairs Division to host the first ever SC Latinx Student Summit at USC Upstate’s South Carolina Centro Latino

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs’ Hispanic Latino Affairs Division will host the inaugural South Carolina Latinx Student Summit at USC Upstate’s South Carolina Centro Latino today, October 27, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Julio C. Hernandez, Clemson University’s Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Excellence & Executive Director for Hispanic Outreach, will deliver the keynote address. The summit also includes remarks from SCCMA Board of Commissioners Chair Karen McGill and Commissioner Andrea Sancho-Baker; USC Upstate Chancellor Dr. Bennie Harris; USC Upstate Provost Dr. David Schecter; and Araceli Hernandez-Laroche, PhD, Associate Professor of Modern Languages & Director of South Carolina Centro Latino at USC Upstate.

Hernandez has over 20 years of work experience in higher education with a background in admissions, recruiting, financial aid, marketing, public and community relations, student affairs and business operations. As an educator and community leader, Julio works towards educating & empowering communities in closing the academic achievement gap for everyone, especially 1st generation students. Julio is a first-generation high school graduate and college graduate with a bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, and a master’s degree in Management & Leadership from Webster University in Greenville. Hernandez is currently pursuing his doctorate in Educational Leadership with a focus in Higher Education.

Other activities include a networking session, Palmetto Luna’s Latinas Chingonas poster exhibition and a scholarship drawing sponsored by TD Bank. Two students attending the event in person will have a chance to receive a $250 scholarship.

The Latinx Student Summit is an initiative of the Commission’s Pathways for Latinos to Advance Career and Education (PLACE) Program, which is designed to collaborate efforts among educators, professionals and community organizations seeking to connect Latinx students and young professionals across the state. The ultimate goal is to foster educational development and career advancement.

PLACE creates a network of Latinx students and young professionals to learn through their shared experiences and available resources, and the activities are determined by the unique needs and goals of these individuals. PLACE provides a networking and brainstorming platform where ideas are interchanged, resources are shared, and a sense of pride and belonging is cultivated amongst South Carolina’s Latinx youth.

Those unable to attend in-person are invited to view the summit’s live broadcast on the Commission’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/429778178513025.

For more information, contact the SC Commission for Minority Affairs at 803-333-9621.

La Beca Scholarships to be Awarded to Two Students Attending SC Latinx Student Summit

Two Latinx students attending the inaugural South Carolina Latinx Student Summit on Wednesday, October 27 will receive the LA BECA -Summit Scholarships thanks to a donation from TD Bank.

Latinx students are encouraged to attend in-person to enter the scholarship drawing for a chance to receive $250. The recipients will be announced at the conclusion of the summit.

The South Carolina Latinx Student Summit will be held at USC Upstate’s South Carolina Centro Latino (800 University Way, Spartanburg, SC 29303) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

To register for the Latinx Student Summit, visit https://forms.gle/A3sXPAWCkDy5Db219.

The summit features keynote speaker Julio C. Hernandez, Assistant VP for Inclusive Excellence & Executive Director for Hispanic Outreach at Clemson University, networking opportunities and more!

Admission to the South Carolina Latinx Student Summit is free, however, in-person attendance is limited. Those unable to attend in-person are invited to view the summit’s live broadcast on the Commission’s Facebook page (@southcarolinaminorityaffairs).

To learn more about the SCCMA’s Hispanic/Latino Affairs Division, visit: https://cma.sc.gov/minori.../hispaniclatino-affairs-division.

SCCMA Board of Commissioners Meeting

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs Board of Commissioners held a virtual meeting on Friday, October 15. To view a replay of the meeting, visit the agency's YouTube page

SCCMA Cultural Connections Quarterly Newsletter

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs released the latest edition of the quarterly newsletter, Cultural Connections. In this edition, view information on Native Heritage Month, news you can use, upcoming events and more. To view the latest issue, CLICK HERE.

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SC CMA’s Hispanic/Latino Affairs Division’s Program Manager Receives Prestigious Ohtli Award

Ivan Segura, Program Manager for the Hispanic/Latino Affairs Division at the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs received the Ohtli Award -- the highest honor granted by the Mexican government -- for his years of service to the Hispanic and Latino communities. READ MORE

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