SC Gov. Creates Rapid Response Effort to Help VC Summer Workers

The group will help people who worked at the abandoned nuclear reactors get new jobs.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster says he's created a new rapid response coalition to help the thousands of people who were left without a job after worked stopped at two nuclear reactors at the VC Summer Nuclear Station this week.

McMaster said Thursday the group will be called "Employ SC," and is a mix of public and private organizations. They'll be focused on matching "prospective employers with talented workers that fit their needs." Laid off workers will be able to connect with state agencies and workforce development groups for these positions.

Their first event will be in Chapin on Monday, August 14 from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. It will be held at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies at 916 Mt. Vernon Road in Chapin. 

Every cabinet agency with current vacancies will also be represented and will be ready to interview prospective employees. Local businesses with vacancies will also participate

“For South Carolinians, the shuttering of VC Summer comes as a jarring break of faith – not only for the thousands of employees now searching for jobs after a decade of construction, but for millions of consumers whose power bills are paying for a project that will never be completed," McMaster said in a statement. 

He said the state won't rest until it's exhausted every avenue for those affected. 

Details for future Employ SC events will be announced at a later date.
Organizations confirmed to be in attendance:
• South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce
• South Carolina Department of Corrections
• South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation
• South Carolina Department of Transportation
• South Carolina Department of Administration
• South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services
• South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
• South Carolina Department of Insurance
• South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice
• South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
• South Carolina Department of Probation, Pardon, and Parole
• South Carolina Department of Public Safety
• South Carolina Department of Revenue
• South Carolina Department of Social Services
• South Carolina Technical College System
• South Carolina Department of Education
• Michelin
• Duke Energy
• Georgia Pacific

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