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To enhance and sustain a successful and innovative workforce system in the Upstate of South Carolina and to provide financial and project support to the Upstate Workforce Development system that meets the needs of businesses in Cherokee, Spartanburg, and Union counties and provides quality jobs for job seekers.

Organization Core Services:

To support activities that assure a diversified, creative, highly-skilled, and flexible workforce that meets the current needs of employers in the Upstate of South Carolina, including the member counties of Cherokee, Spartanburg, and Union. These activities include services that will continue, sustain, and improve the quality of life of our residents.

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Board of Directors:

Mr. Curtis Anderson
Ms. Ann Angermeier
Mr. Wade Ballard
Dr. Jean Blackley
Mr. Robert Blount
Mr. Charles Ewart, Chairman
Mr. Robert Faucett

Mr. Allen Smith
Mr. David Wall
Mr. Benjamin Waters
Ms. Martha Young


Mailing Address:
PO Box 5313
Spartanburg, SC 29304


For more information, please write to the address above or email upstateworkforcefuturescorp@yahoo.com .

2 Students Awarded Danny E. Allen Scholarship

Luke Brown and Elder Hernandez have been awarded Danny E. Allen Memorial 2021 scholarship awards of $750.00 each from the Upstate Workforce Futures Corporation, a non-profit organization founded to support the Upstate Workforce Board with its workforce development efforts. The award recipients attended a scholarship luncheon on October 22nd at the Main Campus of Spartanburg Community College. They were presented with their awards and had the opportunity to meet board members and SCC President, Dr. Michael Mikota.

Danny E. Allen was a prominent Spartanburg attorney who was a Spartanburg County Councilman for many years and served on the Upstate Workforce Board for 18 years. Mr. Allen helped form the Upstate Workforce Futures Corporation. He passed away in 2012. The scholarship honoring him is awarded each year to students attending college with a manufacturing, construction, or technology focus.

“The two gentlemen receiving these awards are very deserving. Their grades in high school were great. Both students attended their Career and Technology Centers while in high school. I have no doubt that Luke and Elder will be leaders in their chosen field. I look forward to a follow up with them in a few years to check on their success,” said Ann Angermeier, Executive Director of the Upstate Workforce Board and board member of the Upstate Workforce Futures Corporation.

Mr. Luke Brown, award recipient, is a 2020 graduate of Gaffney High School and is currently in his first year at Spartanburg Community College-Cherokee Campus. Mr. Brown is majoring in Mechatronics.

Mr. Elder Hernandez, award recipient, is a 2020 graduate of Dorman High School and is in his first year at Spartanburg Community College-Main Campus. Mr. Hernandez is also majoring in Mechatronics.

“I cannot be more proud of the work of Luke and Elder, who are both exemplary students in our Mechatronics program,” said Dr. Michael Mikota, President of Spartanburg Community College. “Their success in the classroom, as recognized by the Upstate Workforce Board, and their inevitable success in the workforce leaves an immense impact on our community and serves as a shining example of the crucial mission we have at SCC.”

This award is open to students in Cherokee, Spartanburg, and Union counties each year. Applications are issued in February while students are seniors in high school. The award is made after students attend approximately one month of college.

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