2007 Award Recipient – Val Richardson

Governor and Mrs. Richard W. Riley Award for Excellence in Dropout Prevention

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From left: Charles Richardson, Val Richardson, Dr. Sam Drew of NDPC

The fifth annual Award was presented to Ms. Val Richardson, Workforce Development Manager for Palmetto Health, at a ceremony held on February 20, 2007.

Val Richardson possesses nearly 20 years of experience in healthcare human resources, workforce development, and career development. Ms. Richardson received a B.S. Degree in Management from Coker College and M.A. Degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University. As Workforce Development Manager for Palmetto Health, she develops and facilitates workforce and career development processes and products. To coordinate efforts, she collaborates with various community partners within schools, colleges, state and federal government as well as business leaders to build a future workforce. She serves on a wide range of community boards and councils: Education and Economic Development Council—Chair, At Risk Student Committee; Midlands Education & Business Alliance, Midlands Workforce Investment Board; Midlands Technical College’s U.S. Department of Labor Grant Strategic Partnership team; SC Central Carolina Economic Development Alliance Taskforce; SCHA Workforce Advisory Council; SC Healthcare Human Resources Association; Business Advisory Councils for Richland School Districts 1 & 2; and Health Occupations Students of America Advisory Council.