The Trident Workforce Development Board (TWDB) is a 25-member board which is made up of private sector businesses, community based organizations, partners and representatives from the education system, the department of social services, and the Department of Employment and Workforce.

The TWDB conducts oversight of the SC Works Centers, youth services and employment and training activities funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The board also selects and approves providers for employee training, develops relationships with economic development groups and the employer community, and promotes private sector involvements in the workforce investment system.

The Trident Workforce Development Board is an integrative force, bringing together business and industry, education, economic development and other public entities striving to ensure adequate investment in today's workforce; and preparing tomorrow's workforce to ensure they have the skills to meet the demand of the region's growth sectors.

The role of the Board is to:

  -  Provide fiscal and programmatic oversight
  -  Establish policies to carry out the board's workforce development mission
  -  Create a local workforce vision and provide leadership
  -  Act as a community convener to insure workforce concerns are addressed and collaborative    

     relationships are formed
  -  Serve as an information broker of value-added workforce intelligence
  -  Promote the utilization of workforce development program and services to business and industry
  -  Connect with strategic relationships and alliances
  -  Strategic plan creation as a base for ongoing continuous improvement
  -  Resource mapping to identify programs, duplication, and opportunities
  -  Deliver the mission of the South Carolina Workforce Investment Board to the Trident region


Dottie Karst
President, Charles Foster
Jeff Messick
Vice Chair

Business Developer, Messick Consulting LLC
Butch Clift  
2nd Vice Chair
Safety Coordinator, EIDeCo
Amy Brennan
Executive Director, Center for Women
Wendy Smith
Director, Dorchester County Economic Development
Jacqueline Ur Cooney
Human Resource Director, WestRock
 James Villeponteaux
Director, Dorchester County School
Charles Carter Moore
Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Janet Cappellini
wner, Alternative Staffing
Thomas Graff
Business Manager, Carolina Iron Workers Local Union 848
Kelly Sieling
Area Supervisor, SC Vocational Rehabilitation
Diane Bagwell
Vice President, Sales & Administration
Briteline Extrusions, Inc.
Susan Friedrich 
Director, Charleston County Adult Education
Wendy Courson
Regional Manager, SC Department of Employment and Workforce
Bernadette Herbert
State Director, Employment and Training Deputy, Telamon Corporation
Angelia Washington
HR Director, Rhodia
Hope Hudson
HR Director, Embassy Suites Charleston Area Convention Center
Gil Leatherwood
Production Manager, Leatherwood Electronics Manufacturing Inc.
Deborah Loyal
President/Owner, Loyalty Business Solutions
Andrew Maute
Business Manager, Sheet Metal Workers' AFL CIO
 Bob Walker
Vice President of Continuing  Education & Economic Dev, Trident Technical College
Lois Richter
Director, Charleston County Department of Social Services
Paul Patterson
Human Resources Manager, DuPont

Executive Committee

Assist staff in the development of long range strategies for the operation of mission-related activities and strategies of the Trident SC Works System. The Executive Committee can also make decisions on behalf of the TWDB. Members consist of the TWDB Chair, the Vice Chair, the Second Vice Chair, and the Chairs of all standing committees.


Business Development Committee

Work closely with city, county, and state economic development agencies, as well as business leadership, to develop policy recommendations and partnerships which help develop and strengthen all economic development in the region, as well as oversee the administration of Incumbent Worker Training funds


One Stop Committee

Assist staff in developing and reviewing programs and services offered and the policies, practices and procedures of the SC Works Trident System, including local, state and federal compliance, as well as other concerns to maximize the agency’s administrative and organizational effectiveness.


Performance Review Committee

Oversee performance activities of SC Works Trident.


Youth Advisory Council

Assist staff in developing and reviewing programs and services for youth between the ages of 17-21, as well as the policies, practices and procedures of the Trident SC Works System’s youth activities, including local, state and federal compliance, as required.



The mission of the Trident Workforce Development Board is to develop the region's workforce by providing high quality workforce development programs and services to our customers.

To accomplish this mission, we've created a market driven and user friendly workforce system investing workforce funding to recruit, prepare, and train workers with the skills needed to support existing industry and attract new industry to our region.

TWDB Meetings


Youth Advisory Council Meeting  March 13, 2018 - 9am, 1930 Hanahan Road, North Charleston SC  


Trident Workforce Investment Board Meeting

January 31, 2018 - 10am, 1362 McMillan Ave, Suite 100, North Charleston SC  - Agenda


February 27, 2018 - 10am, 1362 McMillan Ave, Suite 100, North Charleston SC  - Agenda




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