Boeing South Carolina
Did you know that Boeing is more than a company that builds amazing airplanes? This company is also making a big difference in South Carolina and their efforts in Georgetown County are a great example. Ray Funnye, Executive Director of the Village Group, and board member Eileen Fleming-Patonay, Workforce Advisor for the Waccamaw Region, SC Department of Commerce, continue to lead the way to bring the gifts of this generous world-renowned company to our county.
On June 30, 2016, the Village Group Summer Academy hosted a luncheon for its partners that included a presentation by Boeing’s Strategy and Integration Education Relations Specialist, Frank Hatten. We learned about the history of the Boeing Company, celebrating their 100-year anniversary this year, and we learned about the amazing 787 Dreamliner that is being built only in North Charleston, South Carolina. We also learned about several Boeing programs including the following:
- Employee Community Fund – The Boeing Employees Community Fund is the largest employee-managed fund in the world. Boeing recognizes the importance of teammates' personal contributions to nonprofit organizations, and the company matches those financial donation and volunteer hours - up to $6,000 per year - to eligible organizations.
- Education Programs – Boeing is committed to helping children and youth (pre-k-12) achieve their potential through educational enrichment and support programs that promote academic success, independence and economic sustainability. They also have a special commitment to “early learning." http://www.boeing.com/principles/education.page
- Dreamlearners Program - This program has reached nearly 150,000 students throughout South Carolina since 2012. Its purpose is to inspire the next generation to build the airplanes of the future. https://weareboeingsc.com/dreamlearners-program/
Boeing has an outstanding vision for South Carolina and for each community it touches. Their location in North Charleston is commuting distance from our county and members of the Boeing team live here. The company offers employment opportunities for youth with high school diplomas, and they provide access to advancement within the company for those committed to excellence. Boeing wants employees who not only have skills and abilities; they want employees who exhibit excellent “soft skills.”
Dr. Randy Dozier, Superintendent of Georgetown County School District, and members of his staff attended this important meeting. He expressed a strong commitment to summer programs, like the Village Group Summer Academy, and recognized their importance in helping to prepare students for school and work.
To top it off we had a delicious lunch of shrimp and grits and fruit. What a wonderful event!
Sheryn Waterman, Ph.D.