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Economic Development & Growth through Education


Working with Operation Palmetto Employment, readySC is

committed to connecting military-friendly employers to vet-

erans in our state who are eager and available to work. One

of those veterans is Michael Hicks, II, Mixing Control Room

Operator at Continental Tire Sumter, who participated in

Continental’s pre-hire training. “I don’t have any manufactur-

ing experience, but I have some military experience, and that

provided me a gateway into this great company,” he said. The

readySC training helped with “getting the feel” of what it was

like to work for Continental, before the first day on the job.

“readySC provided a lot of information and training that helped

us become ready for working at Continental Tire.” As part of

the pre-hire training, “we had a lot of math. We also had safety,

OSHA, the four core values (of Continental Tire), learning how

to work with one another. We also learned how to inspect


Michael expressed his

appreciation for the

opportunity provided

by Continental and

readySC. “Continental

took a chance on me,

due to my military

experience. I’m so

excited to be here

right now.”






Operation Palmetto Employment

is a statewide initiative to help our

veterans, service members and

their spouses find meaningful civil-

ian careers. Its vision is to make

South Carolina the most military-

friendly state in the nation, and

its mission is to educate South

Carolina employers on the value

of military hires and to help South

Carolina’s military community get


There are many benefits to being

a vet-friendly employer, but none

greater than increasing your

human capital. Register as a

military-friendly employer, post

jobs and connect with pre-

screened applicants in your area.

For more information:


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