Local Director Receives State Award


Gloria Caldwell, director of the Lower Savannah Education and Business Alliance (LESBA), received the prestigious Barbara H. James Alliance Director Award during the June 30th awards program at the 2010 Education and Business Summit.

The annual event attended by more than 2,000 educators and business leaders was held at the Carolina First Center in Greenville, SC. The awards are presented by the South Carolina Department of Education Office of Career and Technology Education.

Caldwell was recognized as an alliance director who has exhibited exceptional leadership in managing the activities of her alliance while promoting accountability throughout the planning, implementation and assessment process. A key component of this recognition was the quality and comprehensiveness of the innovative approaches implemented by the alliance that support affiliated educational institutions.

Planning and managing the details of the alliance’s Perkins IV, Title I Innovation team, developing business partnerships, and formulating relevant curriculum support strategies are among the duties associated with the award.

As a former secondary teacher, Caldwell understands the crucial connection between education and workforce development. She stresses the importance of working with school and community stakeholders as a means of providing quality academic, technical and work-based opportunities for all K-16 learners.

“My position serves as a bridge between secondary, postsecondary, and the workforce to facilitate a smooth transition for students as they pursue their chosen career paths from one level to the next. Our partnership initiatives focus on college and career readiness to ensure that all students have the requisite knowledge and skills needed to meet the demands of a competitive global society.”

Caldwell adds,” LSEBA addresses the educational requirements for our current and future workforce by providing a platform for collaborative planning, cooperative action and focused sharing of tools and resources.”

The Lower Savannah Education and Business Alliance comprises ten school districts within a five-county area: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun and Orangeburg; four postsecondary institutions; business, industry and service organizations. Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College is the fiscal and administrative agent.

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