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Upstate University Launches MBA Programs For Healthcare, Managers

  South Carolina's technical schools, colleges and universities play a big role in preparing our workforce to meet the needs of our state's industrial and overall business community.  And because those needs are constantly changing, so are the programs offered by these educational institutions.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Jeannie Trudel, dean of the School of Business at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, SC.

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.