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Sen. Scott at Bamberg Job Corps

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott shared his keys to success as the speaker for the Bamberg County Job Corps Center summer graduation.

BAMBERG -- U.S. Sen. Tim Scott says you can get lost on the way to success and still find your way back.

“Failure is not final if you refuse to quit,” Scott said in his address to the graduates of Bamberg Job Corps on Friday.

“If you don’t quit on yourself, the most amazing things are possible,” he said.

The graduates and families applauded and cheered as Scott delivered the keynote address during the summer commencement at the Bamberg Job Corps Center.

Scott said he wanted the students to remember three important keys to experiencing their highest potential. Refusing to quit is one of those keys.

Scotts recalls “getting lost on the way to success.”

Even though he failed in high school, business and politics, he always believed that somehow life could be better.

Through his life’s obstacles, Scott’s mother encouraged him to keep going.

“That was really important to me,” he said.

Scott urged the graduates to surround themselves with people who believe in their future.

Scott’s second key was, “If you want to stand out in life, stand up for someone who cannot stand up for themselves.”

Scott shared the story of a 15-year-old who survived cancer three times. The teenager started an organization to help other cancer survivors.

“The third key to experiencing your highest potential is, ‘If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat,’” Scott said.

“In other words, you’ve got to take calculated risks,” Scott explained. “You’re succeeding one step at a time.”

Scott shared that Walt Disney was fired from his first job and told that he didn’t have any imagination.

“Hold on to your dreams. Hold on to the things that motivate you, encourage you and inspire you. One day, you’ll be in a position to encourage and inspire others,” Scott said.

The commencement’s theme was, “Follow Your Passion and Dare to Dream.”

The 2015 graduating class consisted of 95 students from eight different trades: culinary arts, office administration, plumbing, building construction technology, material distribution operations, welding, computer technology and cement masonry.

Bamberg Job Corps is funded through the U.S. Department of Labor. It works with youth ages 16-24.

Students can obtain a GED or high school diploma, career technical training, as well as a driver’s license.

Upon completion, students obtain employment, go to college, go into the military or enroll in an advanced training program at any Job Corps across the nation.

“We enroll and house 203 students at a time. We have trained over 6,000 students since 1978, when the institution was established,” Business Community Liaison Christopher Green said.

Kevin Chisholm of Beaufort said he likes the feeling of graduating and Job Corps has offered him better jobs and a better life.

He completed the cement masonry course and is currently enrolled in Technical College of Lowcountry for welding.

Christopher Murray of Charleston picked up the trade of material distribution operation.

“I feel awesome!” he said. Murray said Job Corps has given him the opportunity to get his diploma and fulfill his dream of going to college.

Murray said he is going to finish college at Voorhees College.

Kari Anderson of Belton said she has plans of going to school at Greenville Technical College to become a physical therapist.

Anderson said she is very thankful that Job Corps offered the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and office administration training.

“I’m excited. I’m very proud of myself, because it wasn’t easy for me to do. I’m very thankful,” she said.

Contact the writer: princess.williams@timesanddemocrat.com or (803) 533-5516.

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