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SC Teacher Shortage Worsening

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By now you’ve probably heard of or experienced the tight labor market.  So it may not surprise you to hear that  there's an unprecedented teacher shortage occurring across our state: fewer teachers are entering the profession, more are leaving,and at the same time that more students are entering our public schools each year.  Our next guest’s organization is working to alleviate this situation.

Mike Switzer interviews Ansel Sanders, CEO of Public Education Partners of Greenville County in Greenville, 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.