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Filling SC’s tech workforce gap

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A couple of years ago, I interviewed someone from our next guest’s organization about a free software coding education platform for adult residents of our state. That program is still up and running and they have now started a first-of-its-kind software development fellowship program in their continuing effort to find solutions to the tech workforce gap here in South Carolina. Mike Switzer interviews Katie Miller, program director at SC Codes in Greenville, SC. New program: www.developcarolina.org

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.