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A statewide initiative launched by Governor Nikki Haley and supported by the SC National Guard and the SC Department of Employment and Workforce, Operation Palmetto Employment is a commitment to help our service members, family members and veterans find meaningful civilian careers.

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4 Strategies to Land Your Dream Job in 2015

We're officially one week into a brand new year.  If you're unemployed, underemployed, or looking to transition or make a change in your civilian career, here's the good news: January is a great time to ramp up your job search! This article from (which we found it on Twitter via … Read More

Operation Palmetto Employment

OPE: A Model Worth Following

Operation Palmetto Employment was recently featured in the Online Insider edition of Site Selection Magazine as a "model worth following" among veteran employment initiatives nationwide. The article highlighted the first three certified Palmetto Military Employers through OPE: Savannah River … Read More

Apprenticeship Carolina

Apprenticeships Work

Apprenticeships work. Just ask our friends at Apprenticeship Carolina, who were recently featured on NPR's American Made series as an innovative program creating win-win situations for employers and employees statewide. We're proud to have them as part of our OPE Planning Committee, and look forward … Read More


Consider Hiring a Hero this Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day to all those men and women who have served our nation in the Armed Forces. On this special day, we’d like to remind S.C. businesses about all the great resources available to help hire veterans Operation Palmetto Employment (OPE) and its partners are committed to serving those … Read More

OPE - PME Employers (22 Oct 2014)

Announcing Certified Palmetto Military Employers!

Operation Palmetto Employment recently recognized Savannah River Remediation, Verizon Wireless and CB&I as the state's first Palmetto Military Employers (PME) by Operation Palmetto Employment for their ongoing commitment to hire and retain military employees. Details on the credentialing … Read More


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