SC Career Kids held a ribbon-cutting at the Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce on Monday, June 19 kicking off their Career Kids Summer Camp. Camp runs from June 20 – 24th from 1 – 3 pm and is an opportunity for children to learn from professionals in varying fields about the different careers that are out there.
Each day during camp the children will be subject to a lineup of four to five career experts that will share the knowledge of their industries through demonstrations and lectures. Some of the scheduled career experts include police officers, firefighters, veterinarians, martial arts and health care just to name a few.
Dr. Keith Benson (Veterinarian Cornerstone Animal Hospital)
Taylor Hildebrand (Hanger Clinic Certified Prosthetist/Orthotist)
Wes Smoak (Duck Creek Technologies)
Dr. Rebecca Widener (UofSC SOM, Infectious Disease Pediatrician)
Victoria Weiss and Connor Watkins (Nephron)
Chris Clark (Sports Writer, Marketing)
Brandon Gantt (Save a Plate)
Fran Knudson (Blūm Coffee)
Landon and Roman (CoBros Snow Cones)
George Schodowski and David Kafitz (EXIT Palmetto Real Estate Services)
Ryan Avant (Premier Martial Arts)
Ed Brogdon (Back to Eden)
Lori Wicker (Celebrate Freedom Foundation)
Philip Reames (Great Southern Homes)
Justin Ludy (Palmetto Wildlife Extractors)
Rachel Ripp (WLTX – TV)
Brian Hoover (Department of Natural Resources)
Brian Haley (Irmo Fire Department)
Sandra Manross (PRISMA Health Critical Care Transport)
Sergeant Kelly Mountzouros (Irmo Police Department)
Jessica Chavis (UofSC Hospitality)
Robbie Lybrand (UofSC, Chef)
Mark Rapp (Cola Jazz)
Kevin Thigpen (Encore)
Fatu Samuels (Pamper Me Princess)
Katy Wiggs founded the organization during the COVID -19 pandemic shutdown in 2020 realizing the need for children to have a safe place to learn since most schools had closed temporarily. Wiggs partnered with the Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce and created a ‘one-room schoolhouse’ at the chamber for the children. The idea began there to have professionals from all walks of life talk to the children about their designated professions.
In the photo: The SC Career Kids watch intently as SC Career Kids founder Katy Wiggs cuts the ribbon kicking off the beginning of summer camp at the Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce. Pictured far left is Roger Johansson of New York Life, Chamber President/CEO Kerry Powers and Irmo Town Councilman Bill Danielson.