By Jackie Perrone | The Columbia Star
Like other college graduates, Christian Laws of Rock Hill is looking forward to his first job interview. He will be finishing his degree soon at Clemson, majoring in food science and dietetics. He is also completing his summer internship at the South Carolina Commission for the Blind in Columbia, and he can approach the interview with training, experience, and a brand- new suit donated by Tom James Clothiers.
Another SCCB intern, Brian Love of Hodges, S.C., commutes on his mo-ped every day and is graduating from Piedmont Tech in Greenwood. His training at SCCB has taught him case management, the reporting and documenting of consultant cases.
He is receiving his diploma and his interview suit and hopes to be employed soon.
These young men, and the SCCB, do not let vision impairment stifle their dreams.
The commission has for 10 years offered a competitive, paid internship program for qualifying blind and visually impaired students. These interns receive in-depth, hands-on practical work experience in their fields of study. Tom James Clothiers provides each male intern a suit, shirt, and tie for a professional appearance. Female student interns received suits purchased from Roundabouts.
Kisa Grate, director of training and employment at the SCCB, says, “The student internship program prepares our consumers to enter the workforce with experience, soft skills, resumés, and the donations from the Columbia Suit Project provide a level of confidence and preparedness that cannot be taught in a classroom.”
Paul McKeon of Tom James Clothiers puts it this way, “The Columbia Suit Project is a ministry. Through donations from my clients who purchased clothing from Tom James Clothiers, we are able to provide a suit, shirt, and tie for these young men.”
For more information about the student internship program, contact Kisa Grate, 803-898- 8786, or email: kisa [dot] grate [at] sccb [dot] sc [dot] gov.