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Columbia graduate lands career through partnership between S.C. Chamber, Dominion

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The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Dominion Energy co-hosted a “signing day” Tuesday where Columbia resident Justin McElveen announced he will begin his career in Dominion Energy’s full-time apprentice lineman program.

The ceremonial event commemorates a successful partnership between the S.C. Chamber Foundation and Dominion Energy to create and expand pathways to recruit, employ and retain people from underrepresented populations in the state.

The partnership was born from Dominion’s support of the foundation’s new Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The center focuses on increasing inclusive employment pathways, which aligns with Dominion’s stated goals of enhancing workforce diversity and making young adults aware of well-paying secure jobs that do not require college degrees.

“The rigors of working as an apprentice lineman require a strong work ethic, physical strength and technical aptitude,” said Keller Kissam, president of Dominion Energy South Carolina. “For those who rise to meet the challenge, it can be a rewarding, well-paying career right out of high school to help provide a 24/7 critical service to our communities.”

McElveen, 18, is a 2022 graduate of Spring Valley High School. He is the first to secure a full-time position in Dominion Energy’s apprentice lineman program through the partnership with the foundation. He was among more than 50 students who attended Dominion’s Skilled Trades Day in March. Spring Valley principal Jeff Temoney attended the event with him and witnessed first-hand the opportunities available for his students.

“Justin’s success is a prime example of what can be accomplished when we work together to create a workforce that reflects our vibrant and diverse communities better,” Temoney said.

Reach Christina Lee Knauss at 803-753-4327.

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