Making an Impact: SC Future Makers


In 2016, we embarked on a journey with the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA) to launch SC Future Makers, an ambitious initiative to connect South Carolina’s business and the state’s talented students.

Powered by the STEM Premier platform, SC Future Makers provides a powerful resource for students, schools, and businesses to learn about each other and connect in meaningful, productive ways. And within just one year of its implementation, it’s clear that it’s making an impact throughout the state.  

Already 43% of South Carolina’s high schools across 53 of the state’s 81 districts have adopted the SC Future Makers initiative, resulting in over 44,000 new student profiles on STEM Premier. This rapid growth is attributed to the flexibility that the initiative's online nature provides. “Unlike a career day,” explains James Richter, SCMA Director of Workforce Development “SC Future Makers profiles are available 24-7 and can be updated.”

And because high schools serve as the conduit for this opportunity, students can equally participate regardless of geography or socioeconomic background. As with all STEM Premier student profiles, registering and maintaining an account is free, allowing students to establish their presence and immediately begin connecting with employers.

“Companies and colleges need to reach students online, but do so in a relevant way,” says Richter. “Oftentimes social media posts are not the most effective way to communicate a larger story to students because that's their personal domain. By empowering students to showcase their interests in professional profiles and connect to opportunities, we're working in their domain in a different way.”

But despite this early success, STEM Premier and SCMA are not resting on their laurels. We’ve set new goals, intending to implement SC Future Makers in virtually every South Carolina high school and technical college while reaching 100,000 student profiles.

We're Connecting The Future Workforce of South Carolina: SC FutureMakers

We're very proud to be partners with many incredible organizations across the nation, yet this newest collaboration hits a little closer to home for us in South Carolina where we are headquartered.

 The South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA) and STEM Premier have teamed up to create SC FutureMakers, an initiative which strives to increase the skilled workforce pipeline entering advanced manufacturing, healthcare, and IT-related careers in South Carolina.

Powered by STEM Premier, SC FutureMakers allows students to learn about and connect with the myriad of STEM professions in South Carolina. It’s no secret that the Palmetto State has been attracting some big names in manufacturing; names like Boeing, BMW, and Michelin. We want to connect our students with these opportunities and expose them to the possibilities that exist right in their own backyard.

The SC FutureMakers website contains information about available jobs, salary ranges, necessary training, and what steps students need to take to pursue a specific career. After students are armed with this knowledge, they join STEM Premier to showcase themselves and connect with the schools and companies offering the opportunities.

When the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance approached us with the idea for SC FutureMakers, we were honored. For over one hundred years, the SCMA has been advancing manufacturing throughout the state of South Carolina. SC FutureMakers is their response to the biggest challenge facing the state’s manufacturers; finding a future workforce of STEM talent.

This initiative is not only a great fit for students and the State of South Carolina. It is also an example of public and private organizations coming together to improve their communities by effectively utilizing the unique resources of both sectors.

We know what South Carolina’s students are capable of accomplishing, and we know what the state's manufacturers are capable of producing. Let's help them find each other.