Are You PME Certified?

Is your company PME certified?

Is your company PME certified?

When Operation Palmetto Employment launched in February 2014, we set out to train, connect and support military job seekers and civilian employers in South Carolina. Last October, we introduced the certified Palmetto Military Employer (PME) program to recognize companies willing to go the extra mile to learn how best to recruit and retain military hires.

In the past 11 months we’ve awarded 32 PME certificates to a wide variety of South Carolina employers, large and small. We’ve hosted seven regional training events and received more than 60 applications. It’s exciting to be part of a team approach that includes representatives from state government, all branches of the military community, workforce and economic development, education and much more!

As outreach efforts continue to South Carolina’s employers and hiring managers, we’re encouraged by comments like these:

Thanks so much for putting together this group of professionals. I’ve been hiring and managing since the 80s, and haven’t seen anything like this come around before. Nothing is free, but where our taxes are spent is very important. This is what taxes should be used for. The building up of the workforce, encouraging, training, and increasing the faith that success is possible through working together. I hope to make this an integral part of our hiring and training process. Appreciate all that you do, and compliment you on this effort. Well done!

David Ard 
VP/GM, Gerald’s Tires & Brakes
Charleston, SC
David hires for all six Lowcountry locations of Gerald’s Tires & Brakes, and attended a recent PME training in Columbia (see pics below). To learn more about the PME credentialing process and what OPE can do for you, contact us today! Email OperationPalmettoEmployment [at]
Photos by Michael Ericson Photography

Upcoming Job Fairs | Sep-Oct 2015

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SC Job Fairs and Hiring Events

Fall job fair season is here! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for frequent updates and relevant content to help you put your best foot forward in pursuing a civilian career!

For more on these or other events, call (803) 299-4019 or connect with the Employment Advisor in your area. Be sure to let them know where you apply so they can follow up with hiring managers as applicable!


Thursdays through September 24 (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
Orangeburg | Remedy Staffing Hiring Event
Orangeburg One Stop, 1804 Joe S. Jeffords Highway

Tuesday, September 15 (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
Sumter| Continental Tire Career Fair
Shaw AFB Airman & Family Readiness Center, 524 Stuart Avenue

Tuesday, September 15 (1:00-3:30 p.m.)
Simpsonville | Remedy Staffing Hiring Event
Simpsonville Job Connection, 915 South Street

Wednesday, September 16 (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Charlotte | Charlotte Job Fair
Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 JM Keynes Drive

Tuesday, September 22 (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Online | AARP Real Possibilities Virtual Career Fair

Wednesday, September 23 (4:00-8:00 p.m.)
Greenville | Lowe’s Career Open House
Drury Inn and Suites, 10 Carolina Point Parkway

Thursday, September 24 (11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Columbia | DAV/Recruit Military Career Fair
DoubleTree Hotel, 2100 Bush River Road

Wednesday, September 30 (11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Greenwood | Upper Savannah Fall Job Fair
Greenwood Mall, 420 SC 72


Thursday, October 1 (Vets only 9:00 a.m., open to public 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Greenville | 2nd Annual Fall Back to Work Fair
SC Works at McAlister Square, 225 S. Pleasantburg Drive

Tuesday, October 6 (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Columbia | Annual Disability Employment Job Fair
SCNG Bluff Road Armory, 1225 Bluff Road 

Monday, October 12 (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Charlotte | Charlotte Job Fair
Crowne Plaza Executive Center, 5700 Westpark Drive

Wednesday, October 14 (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Gaffney | Veterans Benefits & Career Fair
Broad River Electric Cooperative, 811 Hamrick Street

Thursday, October 15 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Lancaster | Job Fair
Recreation Center, 260 S. Plantation Road

Friday, October 23 (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Fairfield | Fairfield County Job Fair
Location TBA per SC Works

Tuesday, October 27 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Rock Hill | Veterans Job Fair
Rock Hill Armory, 126 Museum Road