First-Ever Tri-County STEMersion Student Camp Shines Light on Workforce Opportunities

This past June witnessed the first-ever Tri-County STEMersion Student Camp, sponsored by Google. The unique pilot program is designed to advance hands-on stem skills and introduce rising 9th and 10th graders to local career opportunities. Berkeley County Economic Development Workforce Development Manager, Corey McClary, served as the camp administrator with educational partner, ECPI University. 

Tri-County STEMersion 2023 marks six years of this two-week, unique hands-on institute for middle and high school instructors and counselors in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties in South Carolina. This collaborative program is presented by the economic development offices in Berkeley, Dorchester County and Charleston counties, along with the SC Department of Commerce and four school districts in the region. 

The STEMersion Institute provides an opportunity for select teachers to interface with the region’s leading employers to develop high-impact, meaningful, and thought provoking lessons for their students. Educators accepted the into program spend time under the hood of region’s top manufacturing facilities to experience the practical use of formulas, theories and/or concepts necessary for success. Educators also participate in workplace simulations and lesson writing activities that reinforce why math, science and soft skills are so critical to the Tri-County region’s workforce and economic growth. Participants in the STEMersion Institute serve as the critical connection point between industry and the classroom. Their participation helps to enrich and ensure the bright future of their students and the region’s future workforce. Learn more at