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Published on July 18th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Suits for SIP: SCCB Partners with Columbia Suit Project

Pictured Paul McKeon, of Tom James and The Columbia Suit Project, fitting Christian Laws, 2018 SCCB Student Intern Participant and Clemson student, for his suit.

(Columbia, SC) –The South Carolina Commission for the Blind (SCCB) has partnered with Columbia Suit Project to provide suits for male students participating in its Student Internship Program (SIP).  Students will receive suits tailored specifically for them.

Celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary, the SIP is a competitive, paid internship program modeled after Massachusetts for the Blind’s Student Internship Program. Designed to give students in-depth, hands on practical work experience in their field of study; 8-week/120 hour paid internships are available each year for qualifying blind and visually impaired students who attend or have recently graduated from a 4-year college, university or technical school. The SC Commission for the Blind’s Student Internship Program (SIP) is managed through the Training and Employment Division.

“The SCCB Student Internship Program prepares our consumers to enter the workforce with internships, soft skills, and resumes, but the service offered by the Columbia Suit Project, provides a level of confidence and preparedness that cannot be taught in a classroom,” stated Kisa Grate, Director of Training and Employment.

Partnering with the Columbia Suit Project affords the male college students the opportunity to receive a tailored suit to be worn to interviews, networking, and other professional functions.

“I am really looking forward to working with the young men in the SC Commission for The Blind Student Internship Program. 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. We’re helping them with their image and building confidence through the clothing they wear,” stated Paul McKeon, The Columbia Suit Project.

Suits were purchased from Roundabouts for female students who participated in the Student Internship Program.

For more information about the Student Internship Program or how you can get involved, contact Kisa Grate by calling 803-898-8786 or via email at kisa.grate@sccb.sc.gov.

About SCCB

The South Carolina Commission for the Blind (SCCB) helps residents of South Carolina who are blind and visually impaired gain independence and take advantage of employment opportunities. Through our services, we plan to be with you from three years of age to your golden years, ensuring the quality of life for those who seek to live independently with confidence.

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