The Graduation Imperative to Host Career Fair & Talent Expo April 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Graduation Imperative is calling all Midlands-area employers to participate in the Famously Hot Career & Talent Expo Thursday, April 11, from 10 a.m – 4 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Eight major colleges and universities in the Greater Columbia area are participating in this effort, including the University of South Carolina, Midlands Technical College, Columbia College, Allen University, Benedict College, South University, Columbia International University and Newberry College.

More than 1,000 attendees from across the region are expected to come seeking part and full-time employment as well as internships and other career opportunities or paths in the Midlands. The employer registration fees are as follows:

  • Chamber Members $250 (member in good standing of any Chamber in the Midlands)
  • Non-Chamber members $300
  • Nonprofit and Government Agencies $150

The Graduation Imperative is an effort led by five partners: the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Navigating From Good to Great Foundation, Central Carolina Community Foundation, Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR) and the South Carolina Higher Education Foundation. The Graduation Imperative is an effort to improve college degree attainment rates in the Midlands in order to have the workers and talent necessary to meet the demands of today’s business industry.

“Educational attainment is a major predictor in a city’s success, but it is also important to keep these talented individuals in our region once they graduate,” said Katherine Swartz, the Greater Columbia Chamber vice president of talent and leadership development. “By creating this collaboration between our institutions of higher learning and local businesses, we hope to build an environment that encourages and cultivates our students toward a successful future in Columbia.”

For more information about the Graduation Imperative Program, visit

To register, click here.

About the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of 1,500 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals in Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry and Richland counties. The Columbia Chamber serves as the voice of its members and the business community at large on matters of economic, educational, cultural and political concern, as well as supports and promotes the success of its members through networking, professional development, advocacy and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 1902.

To become a member or to learn more about the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, as well as its events, programs and initiatives, visit



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