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Upstate Unemployed Gain $40k Jobs in Less Than 12 Months

 

A South Carolina partnership that is training Greenville County job seekers to fill high-skill manufacturing positions is one of just two programs from across the nation that was honored recently by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

Mike Switzer interviews John Baker, executive director of the Greenville Region Workforce Collaborative.

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.