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HGTC Receives Palmetto Goodwill Partnerships for People Award



(Conway, SC) 04/30/2019

Horry-Georgetown Technical College received the Partnerships for People Award (North Region) at the Palmetto Goodwill’s Shining Star Awards Banquet, held April 18, 2019 at Trident Technical College. HGTC received the award for its innovative new collaboration with Palmetto Goodwill. HGTC’s  Train to Work Program provides participants seeking industry certifications with six different skill building certifications in order to help get them into the workforce quickly.

“This is a true partnership that not only helps people gain skills, but helps industry sectors in need of skilled employees,” said Palmetto Goodwill President & CEO Robert Smith. “We are proud of the great work being done and to be able to recognize Horry-Georgetown Technical College with Palmetto Goodwill’s 2018 Partnerships for People Award in the North Region.”  

“We are very honored to receive this award and we are extremely grateful for the hard work and dedication of our staff and the team at Palmetto Goodwill. Without them and our other community partners, including the City of Myrtle Beach, Coast RTA, SC Works, and the Horry Georgetown Home Builders Association, Train to Work would not exist.”

The annual event is organized by Palmetto Goodwill to honor program participants who have overcome barriers to employment and to recognize businesses and individuals who have played a positive role in the growth of Goodwill’s mission. It was attended by over 180 business and agency partners, and hosted by Tessa Spencer of ABC News 4.

This year’s other award winners include:

  • Office of Governor Henry McMaster (Partnerships for People Award – South Region)
  • Southeastern Paper Group (Business Partner of the Year)
  • Charleston Radio Group (Corporate Partner of the Year)
  • Georgetta Rutledge (Volunteer of the Year)
  • Moneak Martin (Barbara Banks Customer Service Award)
  • Wayne Merritt (Employee of the Year)
  • Evelyn Hinman (Achiever of the Year)
  • Ivan D’Arrigo (Graduate of the Year)
  • Maurice McKoy (Goodwill Works! Award)

“We are honored to recognize Goodwill program participants who have successfully completed a Goodwill program and achieved stable employment,” Smith continued. “We are also pleased to recognize our partners who have helped further Goodwill’s mission of helping people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work!”

Palmetto Goodwill is a nonprofit social enterprise whose mission is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work. Over 90 percent of Goodwill’s revenue goes to fund mission related services. Goodwill serves their mission by providing job training, educational programs and employment services to people with barriers to employment. Last year Palmetto Goodwill served 15,398 people, provided training to 4,152 individuals and helped place 3,094 job seekers into new employment. For more information about Goodwill’s programs and services, please visit www.palmettogoodwill.org.