Stacie Smith works with both Piedmont Technical College and the Spartanburg Community College, respectively serving the Upper Savannah Region (Greenwood, Laurens, Edgefield, Abbeville, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda) and Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union counties of the Upstate.
Prior to joining Apprenticeship Carolina, Stacie was involved in workforce development for just shy of 10 years. She was a Business Development Specialist for SC Vocational Rehabilitation where she promoted workforce strategies to benefit both small and large employers. Stacie also assisted job seekers in the identification and pursuit of successful educational and career goals through interest inventories, knowledge of local labor markets, and specialized assessments. In this capacity Stacie also served on numerous community boards and was responsible for developing relationships with local workforce partners.
Stacie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Studies from Lander University. Upon graduation, she was hired as the Director of Victim Services for the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office where she became a strong advocate for victims of crime. Stacie was involved at the state level in advocacy efforts and helped promote legislation that passed in support of the early Law Enforcement Victim Advocacy movement in SC. She was instrumental in establishing the current statewide training program for Law Enforcement Victim Advocates.
Stacie also served as the Circuit Coordinator for the Eighth Judicial Circuit of the Guardian ad Litem Program through the SC Governor’s Office. Stacie grew program participation and was awarded the “Force for Change” award from the state Citizens Review Panel for her work to improve and advance changes in the statewide foster care system. Additionally, she spent time working in the non-profit sector and has always pursued careers that afford an opportunity to improve the lives of others.
Stacie is originally from Asheville NC and returns often to spend time kayaking, hiking, and visiting with family. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for more than 30 years. She and her husband have four children and a motley crew of three dogs. She enjoys pampering her back yard chickens in her spare time.
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Determined, Dedicated, and Analytical.
Please tell us about your job.
As an Apprenticeship Consultant working in the Upstate of SC, I interact with business owners and industry leaders and have the opportunity to help their company be successful and connect with resources. I love learning what the challenges are that employers face and finding creative solutions to meet a need. It is rewarding to play a role in the overall economic success of our state, and to engage a growing skilled workforce in career pathways.
What is something that you love about your job?
Meeting and getting to know people is the best part of the work I do! I love forming relationships and the satisfaction of helping others succeed.
What drew you to apprenticeship?
The opportunity to be part of a winning team! I love the quality of the work that Apprenticeship Carolina is known for, and the culture of not just meeting but exceeding expectations and goals! Their spirit of excellence is contagious!
What is something that you enjoy or appreciate the most about being an apprenticeship consultant?
I truly enjoy the opportunity to continue to learn about the state I live in and doing work that benefits so many and has such a broad impact. I like seeing the connections between industries, and how when one business succeeds, we all benefit from that success!