Sumter Area Business Partnership Breakfast

 Steve Patterson, VR Correctional Program Development Specialist, speaks to attendees at the Sumter Area Business Partnership Breakfast.

Steve Patterson, VR Correctional Program Development Specialist, speaks to attendees at the Sumter Area Business Partnership Breakfast.

More than two dozen individuals representing fourteen businesses and organizations throughout the Sumter area participated in a recent Business Partnership Breakfast at the Sumter Office.  Speakers included Laura Spears, VR Transition Services Coordinator; Steve Patterson, VR Correctional Program Development Specialist; and Val Gioia, VR Rehabilitation Engineer.  Former VR consumer Elaine Margeson, now Human Resources Supervisor for Sykes Enterprises, shared with the group the story of how VR assisted her.  Margaret Spaulding, Regional Director for Senator Tim Scott, expressed interest in having transition consumers participate in work-based learning experiences at the Senator’s Columbia office.

Following the breakfast, Sumter staff members conducted tours of the training center for representatives from Thompson Industries and Caterpillar Precision Pins.