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Expanding the Talent Pipeline in SC

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The pandemic has displaced many employees across traditional industries while at the same time dramatically increasing the need in the software industry for more code writers, otherwise known as software engineers.  The need to alleviate this situation has resulted in the creation of a public-private partnership in the Midlands of our state.

Mike Switzer interviews Ben Rex, CEO of Cyberwoven and founder of Create Opportunity Columbia in Columbia, SC.

Disclaimer: SCETV is a client of Cyberwoven for its web services.

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.